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What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?


Meal planning and diet






Blood sugar monitoring






Insulin injections or using the pump






Exercise and sports






Social interaction (acceptance by friends, family, school)






Hypoglycemia and the fear of going low


















Total votes: 572


What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: December 7 - 14, 2003
Total Votes: 572

By a wide margin, with about two out of five votes, our readers feel that hypoglycemia and the fear of going low is the hardest part of diabetes. Second, with less than half as many responses, was meal planning and diet.

When we asked this question in February 1999, we didn't include hypoglycemia as an answer. The results then indicated that meal planning was the hardest part of diabetes. While meal planning is still the major concern for about one in five, hypoglycemia is now what more people find the hardest.

Insulin pump therapy and basal-bolus therapy with Lantus as a basal insulin have both been shown to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia compared with an injection regimen based on Regular and NPH. Frequent blood glucose monitoring can also help by giving you more insight into your blood glucose readings more times during the day. (See our recent poll about blood glucose testing frequency.)

Several companies are working to develop continuous, non-invasive, minimally invasive, and implanted sensors that will provide alarms when your blood glucose is trending toward a low (or a high for that matter). (See our Report from the Diabetes Technology Meeting of 2003.) These sensors should help to further reduce the risk of low blood sugars and thereby address what is clearly a significant concern among a large number of people with diabetes and their families.

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