Iatrogenic hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar caused by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures, is a challenge facing people with diabetes and their heath care providers. If not addressed, it can lead to significant complications. Dr. Cryer examines this persistent problem from a pathophysiological perspective. The chapters include: The Clinical Problem of Hypoglycemia in Diabetes; The Physiology of Glucose Counterregulation; The Pathophysiology of Glucose Counterregulation in Diabetes; Risk Factors for Hypoglycemia in Diabetes; Clinical Definition and Classification of Hypoglycemia in Diabetes; Prevention and Treatment of Hypoglycemia in Diabetes; and, Perspective on Hypoglycemia in Diabetes.
Philip E. Cryer, MD is the Irene E. And Michael M. Karl Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism in Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Considered the leading expert on hypoglycemia, he has received numerous awards for his research, including the Banting Medal for Distinguised Scientific Achievement of the ADA, the Claude Bernard Medal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and a MERIT Award from the National Insitutes of Health. He served as President of the ADA from 1996 to 1997, and the Editor-In-Chief of Diabetes from 1992 to 1995.