For people living with diabetes, experiencing and overcoming the side effect most commonly associated with insulin, hypoglycemia (also known as hypo or low blood sugar) can be worrying. This is no different for their family members, who endure similar feelings.
The TALK-HYPO1 multi-national survey gathered the experience of 4,300 family members of people living with diabetes*, who recognized the impact that hypos can have on their own lives**.
Simply talking about hypos was highlighted as a solution that may help to better management of hypos and bring families closer together.
 

Talk about hypos with your loved ones

 

*Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, taking insulin and/or secretagogues

**The testimonial captured in the films are not part of the Talk-Hypo survey results. For more details please visit the survey section

Families like your own.

We talked to families from different countries. They shared their daily challenges and worries of hypos with us. Are these challenges similar to those you face every day?
 

Just like those families in the films broke down the wall of silence around hypos, you can do the same.

 
A simple conversation about your fears, feelings or experiences related to hypos with your family or with a health care professional can be beneficial.
Initiating such discussions can be difficult. Here are some suggestions to help you start your own conversations. Choose a card, write down the answers and discuss them with some of the people closest to you. 
Conversation starters for people with diabetes
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Conversation starters for families
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Conversation Starters for health care professionals
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We would suggest you start the conversation by assessing your patient’s general well-being and the impact hypos may have on their hobbies, daily routines, holidays, etc. by asking simple questions such as:
 

When to speak to a doctor

If you’re living with diabetes and you frequently experience hypos (low blood sugar) – even if it’s only mild episodes – it’s important you speak to your doctor or nurse. Together you can make a management plan that best fits your daily routine and you may find more suitable solutions to overcome these challenges.

More information

For more information about hypos, its symptoms and treatments, please visit the FAQ section

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