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What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

 
     

Meal planning and diet

 
 

14%

 

  75

 
     

Blood sugar monitoring

 
 

15%

 

  81

 
     

Insulin injections or using the pump

 
 

5%

 

  29

 
     

Exercise and sports

 
 

3%

 

  17

 
     

Social interaction (acceptance by friends & family, school, isolation)

 
 

6%

 

  34

 
     

Hypoglycemia and the fear of going low

 
 

39%

 

  208

 
     

Complications

 
 

11%

 

  58

 
     

Other

 
 

4%

 

  25

 


Total votes: 527

 

What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: November 26 - December 3, 2006
Total Votes: 527

Like last year, and by a wide margin, our readers feel that hypoglycemia and the fear of going low is the hardest part of diabetes. And like last year, blood sugar monitoring is second and meal planning third.

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 2006     Dec 2005     Dec 2004     Dec 2003     Feb 1999
Meal planning 14% 12% 14% 18% 42%
Blood sugar monitoring 15% 19% 13% 10% 14%
Insulin 5% 4% 6% 6% 9%
Exercise and sports 3% 5% 2% 3% 5%
Social issues 6% 6% 5% 6% 6%
Hypoglycemia 39% 34% 41% 38% Not asked
Complications 11% 10% 14% 11% 16%
Other 4% 6% 3% 5% 5%

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Last Updated: Sunday December 03, 2006 12:53:38
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