Problems with your diabetes medications can cause serious health issues and complications. According to research from the University of Melbourne, the most common problems were medication errors associated with hypoglycemia and unintentional overdose.

Five Risk Factors

Looking at nearly 700 hospital admissions of 571 diabetics over a two-year period, researchers uncovered not only medication errors, but five risk factors that increase a patient's chances for an error. These include:

• Being female
• Being between 18 and 50 years old
• Being single
• Having a history of behavioral and mental problems
• Having more than one of the risk factors listed above

Avoiding Errors

Patients who have one or more risk factors should talk to their doctor about ways to prevent medication errors and avoid a hospital stay. Researchers add that physicians should develop care plans that pay special attention to these risk factors for diabetic patients.