New data highlight impact of post-meal hyperglycaemia on people with diabetes

VANCOUVER, Canada, December 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

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New data from four analyses[1],[2],[3],[4] demonstrate that post-meal hyperglycaemia (when blood sugar goes too high after eating) is associated with a negative physical and emotional impact on people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes[3], greater use of healthcare resources[1], missed work time and reduced productivity[4]. These results were presented today at the World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

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Nearly two thirds (561 out of 906) of participants in two of the analyses experienced post-meal hyperglycaemia in the past week prior to participation in the study[1],[2] and almost one third (272 out of 906) experienced post-meal hyperglycaemia three or more times in the same period[1],[2]. Post-meal glucose control is an important contributor to achieving overall HbA1c targets[5] and, by this, helps to reduce the risk of long-term diabetes-related complications[6].

"It is important in diabetes management to get the balance right in blood glucose control. Post-meal hyperglycaemia is a persistent challenge due to the limitations of current methods of insulin delivery, yet until now there has been limited research into its implications and the experience for people living with diabetes," said Professor Simon Heller, Professor of Clinical Diabetes at Sheffield University and lead author on one of the studies. "These data support the need for more research in this area to help patients and healthcare professionals understand the importance of post-meal blood glucose control."

The experience of post-meal hyperglycaemia was associated with economic implications[1] ,[4], including an effect on working life for working people with diabetes, with 27% missing work time and 71% reporting work productivity issues[4]. In addition, those experiencing post-meal hyperglycaemia made more use of healthcare resources, having significantly greater contact with healthcare professionals (5.5 visits in the past year prior to participation in the study) compared to those not experiencing post-meal hyperglycaemia (4.4 visits in the same period)[1]. People who experienced post-meal hyperglycaemia in the past week measured their blood glucose significantly more frequently than those who did not (average extra measurement per day 1.9 vs 1.2, p

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