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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: 564


What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: December 5 - 12, 2004
Total Votes: 564

By a wide margin, with 20% of the 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, which has seen a decline in importance over the years. This may be due to the increased lifestyle flexibility that insulin pump therapy and basal-bolus injection regimens using Lantus offer.

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). 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.

This table shows how readers have answered this question over the years:

Answer       Dec 2004     Dec 2003     Feb 1999
Meal planning 14% 18% 42%
Blood sugar monitoring 13% 10% 14%
Insulin 6% 6% 9%
Exercise and sports 2% 3% 5%
Social issues 5% 6% 6%
Hypoglycemia 41% 38% Not asked
Complications 14% 11% 16%
Other 3% 5% 5%

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