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What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

 
     

Meal planning and diet

 
 

10%

 

  38

 
     

Blood sugar monitoring

 
 

21%

 

  76

 
     

Insulin injections or using the pump

 
 

2%

 

  9

 
     

Exercise and sports

 
 

3%

 

  12

 
     

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

 
 

6%

 

  22

 
     

Hypoglycemia and the fear of going low

 
 

31%

 

  110

 
     

Complications

 
 

11%

 

  40

 
     

Financial costs or insurance issues

 
 

9%

 

  33

 
     

Other

 
 

3%

 

  11

 


Total votes: 351

 

What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: April 22 - 29, 2009
Total Votes: 351

By a wide margin, our readers feel that hypoglycemia and the fear of going low is the hardest part of diabetes.

Insulin pump therapy and basal-bolus therapy with Lantus or Levemir 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 monitoring frequency.)

Continuous glucose sensors offer alarms for both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, which can help to reduce the fear of going low.

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

Answer       Apr 2009     Apr 2008     Dec 2006     Dec 2005     Dec 2004     Dec 2003     Feb 1999
Meal planning 10% 14% 14% 12% 14% 18% 42%
Blood sugar monitoring 12% 11% 15% 19% 13% 10% 14%
Insulin 2% 5% 5% 4% 6% 6% 9%
Exercise and sports 2% 6% 3% 5% 2% 3% 5%
Social issues 6% 6% 6% 6% 5% 6% 6%
Hypoglycemia 31% 35% 39% 34% 41% 38% Not asked
Complications 11% 10% 11% 10% 14% 11% 16%
Financial 9% 6% -- -- -- -- --
Other 3% 4% 4% 6% 3% 5% 5%

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