Hypoglycaemia is the technical term for low blood glucose. When people are first diagnosed with diabetes, they sometimes find it hard to understand how low blood glucose can be a problem when diabetes is all about high blood glucose!
Try imagining your blood sugar as weights on a set of scales. If you start out with all the weight on one side (let's call it the 'high blood sugar' side), you'll want to balance things out by transferring some of that weight to the other side (the 'low blood sugar' side).
TREATING A LOW
Unfortunately, you can't always avoid a low. For this reason, it's important to establish a routine to follow when your blood glucose drops. If you have a routine, you're sure to have something available to treat a low and less likely to over-treat and cause your blood glucose to go up too much. Speak to your healthcare professional for guidance on what you should do if you experience hypoglycaemia. Some people with diabetes don't know when their blood glucose is low because they don’t feel the usual symptoms – this is called 'hypoglycaemia unawareness'. If you suffer from hypoglycaemia unawareness, it's important to test your blood glucose more often. Everyone with diabetes should test before driving a car to ensure safety on the road.
FINDING CONTROL WITH INSULIN PUMP THERAPY
Hypoglycaemia can be one of the biggest concerns for people with diabetes, especially during the night, when it is more difficult to recognise low levels of blood glucose (lows). It can disrupt your day to day activity and can be an ongoing concern in the back of your mind. Achieving safe HbA1c levels while avoiding the risk of hypoglycaemia (hypos) or extremely low glucose levels is a challenge that Insulin Pump Therapy can help you achieve.
Read the real-life stories of other people with diabetes and discover how they have found their way to better control and fewer hypos.
To combat glycaemic variability, which would often range between 4 and 7, Rita started using an insulin pump with CGM. By the time she was ready to start a family, she knew that it was vital to get her blood sugar levels under control.
“If you want better control, get on the pump.”
Before switching to an insulin pump in 2010, Brent was prone to being hypo unaware and quite regularly suffered from debilitating hypos. It’s while learning to become a registered nurse that the pump - and SmartGuardTM - has proved particularly invaluable.
“It's definitely changed my life and it's changed it for the better. I can't imagine life without it."
Gareth switched from multiple daily injections because he still had highs and lows throughout the day and night, which particularly affected his productivity at work. Since switching to the MiniMed® 640G System^ with SmartGuardTM the pump has given him a level of control that has had a significant effect on his working life.
"The SmartGuardTM feature really saved me."
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