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Incidence and costs of hypoglycemia in insulin-treated diabetes mellitus in Switzerland

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Insulin is essential to the treatment of diabetes but may lead to hypoglycemic events. These events do not only represent a considerable burden for diabetes patients, but also lead to substantial economic costs. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence of severe and non-severe hypoglycemic episodes in insulin-treated adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus in Switzerland, and estimate the subsequent direct medical costs and production losses.