Hypoglycemia is associated with increased worry and lower quality of life among patients with type 2 diabetes treated with oral antihyperglycemic agents in the Asia-Pacific region

Wayne H H Sheu, Li Nong Ji, Wannee Nitiyanant, Sei-Hyun Baik, Donald Yin, Panagiotis Mavros, Siew Pheng Chan

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Aims: We examined the relationship of hypoglycemic symptoms with health-related quality of life and worry about hypoglycemia among type 2 diabetic patients using oral antihyperglycemic agents (AHA) in the Asia-Pacific region. Methods: A total of 2257 type 2 diabetic patients with at least 6 months of oral AHA were enrolled in China, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan. Quality of life was measured with the EuroQol Visual Analog Scale (EQ-VAS) and EuroQol-5 Dimensions questionnaire (EQ-5D), and worry about hypoglycemia with the worry subscale of the Hypoglycemic Fear Survey-II (HFS). Results: The mean (SD) age was 58.7 (10.2) years and HbA 1c was 7.5% (1.5). The proportion of patients with an HbA 1c <6.5% and <7% was 24.9% and 41.8%, respectively. Hypoglycemic symptoms in the prior 6 months were reported by 35.8% of patients. Mean scores on the EQ-VAS and the EQ-5D were significantly lower for patients who had hypoglycemic symptoms compared to those who did not (73.6 vs. 76.9, p<0.001; 0.88 vs. 0.90, p<0.0001, respectively), whereas mean score on the HFS was significantly higher (12.5 vs. 6.3, p<0.001). In multivariate models, hypoglycemic symptoms were independently associated with scores on the EQ-5D, EQ-VAS, and HFS (all p≤0.01-0.001). Symptom severity was positively associated with fear of hypoglycemia (all p≤0.001). Conclusion: Hypoglycemic symptoms were associated with reduced quality of life and increased patient worry in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with AHA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 1



  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Quality of life
  • Worry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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