Hypoglycemic Clamp Studies

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The hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemic clamp is a variant of the glucose clamp technique designed to assess
counterregulatory hormone responses under standardized conditions of experimental hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemic clamps have been extensively used in studies of the pathophysiology of iatrogenic hypoglycemia. They
are also used to study the effects of novel therapies intended to reverse or prevent hypoglycemia, e.g. novel
formulations of glucagon, anti-insulin receptor antibodies. Similarly, the effects on glucose counter-regulation of
glucose-lowering drugs that on theoretical grounds might impair the physiological response to hypoglycemia, e.g. by
restraining increases in hepatic glucose production, can also be studied with a high degree of precision and
reproducibility. Such precision is not possible using a bolus of insulin which would cause non-standardized
and unpredictable reductions in blood glucose to potentially unsafe levels.