Analysis Group Study on Accident Risk in People with Diabetes Cited in The New York Times

February 06, 2013

A study on the associations between hypoglycemia and the risk of accidents among people with type 2 diabetes conducted by Analysis Group health care consultants has been published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. The study, "Hypoglycaemia and accident risk in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus treated with non-insulin antidiabetes drugs" (November 2012), was conducted by a team including Managing Principal Eric Q. Wu, Vice President James Signorovitch, Manager Dendy Macaulay, and senior analysts Melissa Diener and Sherry Yan, as well as coauthors from Novartis and the Department of Diabetes at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The study was also cited in a New York Times article, "Precautions Urged for Drivers with Diabetes" (January 28, 2013), which outlines the potential dangers involved when people with diabetes get behind the wheel with low blood sugar.

The researchers examined U.S. insurance records for more than 30,000 people with type 2 diabetes who were receiving antidiabetic drugs without insulin. They compared the occurrence of accidents that resulted in hospital visits for people with and without claims for hypoglycemia, while adjusting for demographics and other risk factors. According to their findings, "In people with type 2 diabetes receiving antidiabetes drugs without insulin, hypoglycaemia was associated with a significantly higher risk of accidents resulting in hospital visits, including accidents related to driving and falls."

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