How to treat a hypo

continued over

Many factors


hypos, the

obvious ones

being food,

medication and exercise. There are

different hypos such as the overdose

hypo (gave myself too much insulin) or the

exercise induced hypo.

Hypos are a fact of life for people with

diabetes. Hopefully you're not having

them all the time, but we all go through

bad patches where we're having more

hypos than usual. It's also a fact that

patients at their diabetic clinics or with

their GPs may not want to talk about

hypos for fear of being considered to have

bad control or being seen to be naughty.

These days there is an additional fear of

losing driving licence if you confess to

having had a bad hypo. People are also

afraid of exercise because of hypos, yet

exercise can assist an individual's longterm health outcome.

Many improvements in diabetes

technology are also based on ways to

predict and therefore avoid hypos, partly

as hypos are the main reason patients to

not comply with their insulin therapy and

to improve quality of life for people with


CGM sensors

CGM does not roll of the tongue, and can

be hard to remember, but it does what

is says on the tin. Continuous Glucose

Monitoring (CGM) has been compared to


being a video, while a result form a blood

test meter is more like a snapshot. Giving

readings every five minutes or so, you get

to see a graph of your sugars either going

up, going down or -- you never know!

flatlining and showing that your sugars

are stable.

Anna Presswell is a type 1 diabetic

who blogs on Facebook under the name

Insulin Independent and is self-funded

on CGM. She says, "CGM gives you

greater insight to blood glucose results. If

you're reading is 4.5mmols it can tell you

if you are 4.5 stable or 4.5 going up, or

4.5 going down. Therefore you are not

automatically eating something because

you are worried you might be going


Continuous use of CGM (for at least

three months) can also contribute to a

lowering of your HbA1c [my own personal

experience was going from 8.5% to 7.9%

in just over two months of use - Sue

Marshall, editor].

Medtronic's MiniMed Veo is the only

pump clinically proven to reduce hypos.

It is CGM plus LGS enabled to keep

you safe (CGM is continuous glucose

monitoring while LGS is low glucose

suspend). These are used together to

work towards a closed loop system.

There are CGM and LGS trials now taking

place. LGS turns off your insulin dose for

two hours (unless you choose put it back

on again).


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