Sanofi diabetes care, diabetes highs and lows



Research published at the end of 2016

by Sanofi showed that negative emotions

are jeopardising the ability of people living

with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) to effectively

manage their condition. A quarter of

people with T2D and being treated with

insulin feel anxious or fearful about getting

'hypos' (low blood glucose levels), with

42% having high blood glucose levels

instead of risking another low blood

glucose, despite the fact that higher

sugars can lead to diabetes complications

in their future.

The UK has the worst T2D blood

glucose levels in Europe. To help address

this, Sanofi, a major supplier of insulin,

has an on-going campaign that includes

the patient support website, www.

Sanofi's research also revealed that

people living with T2D diabetes believe

that others think they are to blame (15%),

some believing that people think they are

just greedy (14%). This is in combination

with 25% only telling close friends, family

or their healthcare professional about

their condition, and 58% feeling self-

conscious or avoiding injecting in front of

other people.

Dr Mike Baxter, medical therapy

expert at Sanofi UK, commented: "Our

research shows that there is a need in

the UK for better support for people with

type 2 diabetes - not just in terms of the

medical management of the disease, but

also the emotional and psychological

aspects of the condition. Almost a quarter

of patients blame themselves (22%), or

feel they've let themselves down (24%),

if they can't or don't manage their blood

sugars effectively. Instead of this feeling

of blame and failure, we want to help

them feel motivated to seek the help that

they may need to navigate the complex

blood sugar 'balancing act'. At this time,

although the importance of psychological

support in helping people to manage

their condition is well recognised and

the benefits of improved blood glucose

control on reducing diabetic complications

is well documented, there is a clear lack

of adequate psychological support for

people with diabetes. Consequently, the

level of diabetic control in a large number

of people with diabetes in the UK remains

unacceptably high, exposing them to high

risks of developing preventable diabetic


The campaign website includes key

information on recognising and managing

blood glucose highs and lows for both

patients and carers.

WALK THE LINE. At the campaign launch event a tightrope

walker showed the balance that needs to be struck by people

with diabetes managing their own blood glucose levels.


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