Thousands register for online hypo course
A new online course providing people with diabetes essential information on identifying and managing hypoglycaemia has seen over 8,000 registrations.
In addition to giving clear information on early warning signs and symptoms along with coping mechanisms and strategies, the programme helps people with diabetes as well as family members and friends to reduce the fear and concern of experiencing a hypo.
A lack of hypo awareness can have serious implications for people with diabetes, it can affect their ability to obtain a driving licence and can cause significant anxiety.
On completing the programme, almost 90 per cent of participants felt confident in managing hypoglycaemia (an increase of 32 per cent from before taking part in the course) with 94 per cent knowing the cause of hypoglycaemia (only 75 per cent pre course) and 93 per cent being aware of the signs and symptoms (76 per cent before taking part).
Hypoglycaemia occurs when the level of glucose present in the blood falls below a certain point – normally 4mmol/L – and can be caused by a variety of different factors such as taking too much insulin, energy output exceeds the glucose generated from food intake, illness and drinking alcohol.
The main symptoms of hypoglycaemia are sweating, fatigue and feeling dizzy and can also include or progress to feeling week, feeling hungry, an increased heart beat, blurred vision, confusion, temporary loss of consciousness and, in extreme cases, coma.
Mild hypoglycaemia can generally be treated by the individual by eating or drinking 10-20g of sugar – which is why many people with diabetes carry glucose tablets with them. Severe hypoglycaemia often needs help from a family member or doctor.
Knowing and being aware of the symptoms of hypoglycaemia allow diabetics to get treatment quickly. Measuring blood glucose levels and eating regularly is key in addition to being aware of how food and exercise affects blood sugar levels.
To take part, click here.