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Daylight Saving Dangerous for Diabetics

By    |   Friday, 31 October 2014 03:11 PM

Adjusting the clock as part of the twice-annual ritual of daylight savings time is especially important for diabetics, new research shows.
 
For diabetics who use time-dependent insulin pumps, remembering to change the time on this device should be the priority, said researcher Saleh Aldasouqi, associate professor of medicine at Michigan State University.
 
“Some diabetes patients who use insulin pumps may forget to change the clock that is found in these devices,” said Aldasouqi. “Forgetting to change the time can result in insulin dosing errors that can be harmful.”
 
In a report on the issue, published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Aldosouqi noted dosing errors could cause too little or too much insulin being delivered at the right time for some patients.
 
Too much insulin produces hypoglycemia, which could be severe and trigger seizures, fainting spells or coma. Hyperglycemia is a result of too little insulin being delivered and in the short term isn’t as harmful as hypoglycemia.
 
Early effects of hyperglycemia may include tiredness and frequent urination, while longer-term effects could cause the body to become acidic, known as diabetic ketoacidosis, and could also produce life-threatening complications.
 
Aldasouqi said he’s seen many patients who have forgotten to make the time change or in other cases, haven’t adjusted the clock after changing the pump battery. He’s also come across additional issues in his research such as health providers finding incorrect a.m. and p.m. settings.
 
“At this point, I haven’t seen a fatal error occur, but why wait?” he said. “That’s why it’s important to raise awareness about this issue now and encourage physicians and patients alike to make sure these clocks are set up correctly at all times.”

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