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Table 4 Fear of hypoglycemia and actions taken after hypoglycemic events, by diabetes type and previous experience of severe hypoglycemia

From: Hypoglycemia incidence and awareness among insulin-treated patients with diabetes: the HAT study in Brazil

  T1DM T2DM
  With severe hypoglycemia in the last 6 months
(n = 119)
Without severe hypoglycemia in the last 6 months
(n = 198)
With severe hypoglycemia in the last 6 months
(n = 60)
Without severe hypoglycemia in the last 6 months
(n = 231)
Fear of hypoglycemia at baseline, mean ± SDa 6.6 ± 2.97 5.4 ± 3.00 6.5 ± 3.40 5.1 ± 3.99
Actions taken after hypoglycemic events, n (%)b
 Consulted their physician/nurse 68 (60.2%) 80 (43.5%) 28 (48.3%) 61 (28.4%)
 Increased calorie intake 87 (74.4%) 129 (67.5%) 38 (63.3%) 113 (51.4%)
 Avoid physical exercise 41 (37.3%) 42 (23.3%) 15 (27.3%) 28 (13.5%)
 Reduced insulin doses 93 (91.6%) 120 (64.5%) 26 (44.1%) 43 (20.2%)
 Skipping insulin injections 37 (33.3%) 44 (24.3%) 18 (31.0%) 40 (18.9%)
 Increased the number of times checking blood sugar 88 (76.5%) 134 (70.5%) 30 (50.8%) 108 (49.1%)
  1. SD standard-deviation
  2. aOn a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 = Not afraid at all and 10 = absolutely terrified
  3. bMore than one possible answer