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Hypoglycaemia burden: What support do adults with type 1 diabetes want?

New research from the Hypo-RESOLVE Project has shown what support adults with type 1 diabetes would like from healthcare professionals, family, friends, and the public

By Hannah Chatwin

Low blood glucose (known as hypoglycaemia or “hypo”) is common among adults with type 1 diabetes and can impact on many aspects of their life [1]. However, not much is known about what kind of support they need to cope with the burden of hypoglycaemia.

We asked adults with type 1 diabetes what they wished people understood about hypoglycaemia and what people could do differently to support them.

They said they needed:

This study shows that adults with type 1 diabetes need support to prevent, manage, and live with the risk of hypoglycaemia. Many things can be done to address their needs.

For healthcare professionals supporting people with diabetes, this practical guide has recommendations for asking about (fear of) hypoglycaemia [2] and support needs.

To read more of our research about hypoglycaemia check out our previous blogs [3] on this topic.

Chatwin H, Broadley M, Jensen M, Hendrieckx C, Carlton J., Heller S, Amiel S, de Galan B, Hermanns N, Finke-Groene K, Speight J, & Pouwer F. Unmet support needs relating to hypoglycaemia among adults with type 1 diabetes: Results of a multi-country web-based qualitative study. Diabetic Medicine, 2021 (published online ahead of print)