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  What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?  
      Meal planning and diet  
  7%     6  
      Blood sugar monitoring  
  7%     6  
      Insulin injections or using the pump  
  3%     3  
      Exercise and sports  
  4%     4  
      Social interaction (acceptance by friends, family, school, isolation)  
  2%     2  
      Hypoglycemia and the fear of going low  
  53%     47  
      Complications  
  9%     8  
      Financial costs or insurance issues  
  10%     9  
      Other  
  4%     4  

Total votes: 89
 

What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: April 10 - 17, 2013
Total Votes: 89

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 regimen that 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 2013 Apr 2012 Apr 2011 Apr 2010 Apr 2009 Apr 2008 Dec 2006 Dec 2005 Dec 2004 Dec 2003 Feb 1999
Meal planning 7% 12% 10% 13% 10% 14% 14% 12% 14% 18% 42%
Blood sugar monitoring 7% 9% 10% 12% 12% 11% 15% 19% 13% 10% 14%
Insulin 3% 1% 5% 2% 2% 5% 5% 4% 6% 6% 9%
Exercise and sports 4% 4% 7% 4% 2% 6% 3% 5% 2% 3% 5%
Social issues 2% 5% 7% 4% 6% 6% 6% 6% 5% 6% 6%
Hypoglycemia 53% 44% 41% 41% 31% 35% 39% 34% 41% 38% Not asked
Complications 9% 10% 12% 12% 11% 10% 11% 10% 14% 11% 16%
Financial 10% 6% 6% 5% 9% 6% -- -- -- -- --
Other 4% 8% 4% 6% 3% 4% 4% 6% 3% 5% 5%

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