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  What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?  
      Meal planning and diet  
  10%     24  
      Blood sugar monitoring  
  10%     23  
      Insulin injections or using the pump  
  5%     11  
      Exercise and sports  
  7%     16  
      Social interaction (acceptance by friends, family, school, isolation)  
  7%     16  
      Hypoglycemia and the fear of going low  
  41%     97  
      Complications  
  12%     29  
      Financial costs or insurance issues  
  6%     14  
      Other  
  4%     9  

Total votes: 239
 

What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: April 13 - 20, 2011
Total Votes: 239

Once again, 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 regimenthat uses NPH. Frequent blood glucose monitoring or a continuous glucose sensor can also help by giving you more insight into your blood glucose readings more times during the day. Continuous glucose sensors also 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 2011 Apr 2010 Apr 2009 Apr 2008 Dec 2006 Dec 2005 Dec 2004 Dec 2003 Feb 1999
Meal planning 10% 13% 10% 14% 14% 12% 14% 18% 42%
Blood sugar monitoring 10% 12% 12% 11% 15% 19% 13% 10% 14%
Insulin 5% 2% 2% 5% 5% 4% 6% 6% 9%
Exercise and sports 7% 4% 2% 6% 3% 5% 2% 3% 5%
Social issues 7% 4% 6% 6% 6% 6% 5% 6% 6%
Hypoglycemia 41% 41% 31% 35% 39% 34% 41% 38% Not asked
Complications 12% 12% 11% 10% 11% 10% 14% 11% 16%
Financial 6% 5% 9% 6% -- -- -- -- --
Other 4% 6% 3% 4% 4% 6% 3% 5% 5%

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