Which questions regarding hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia symptoms should be asked of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM)?

Updated: Sep 13, 2019
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia should be considered. Ask the following questions as needed:

  • Has the patient experienced recent polyuria, polydipsia, nocturia, or weight loss?

  • Has the patient had episodes of unexplained hypoglycemia? If so, when, how often, and how does the patient treat these episodes?

  • Does the patient have hypoglycemia unawareness (ie, does the patient lack the adrenergic warning signs of hypoglycemia)? (Hypoglycemia unawareness indicates an increased risk of subsequent episodes of hypoglycemia)


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