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How often do you worry about nighttime hypoglycemia?

 
     

Always

 
 

50%

 

23

 
     

Usually

 
 

26%

 

12

 
     

Sometimes

 
 

17%

 

8

 
     

Rarely

 
 

2%

 

1

 
     

Never

 
 

4%

 

2

 


Total votes: 46

 

How often do you worry about nighttime hypoglycemia?

Poll dates: January 20 - 27, 2016
Total Votes: 46

While not often discussed during clinic visits, with the growing use of continuous glucose sensors, the true extent of nocturnal hypoglycemia has become clear -- it occurs often and for long periods of time. In November 2015, when we asked our readers about time time of day in which they were most worried about hypoglycemia, 94% reported the overnight period. The extent of nighttime glucose monitoring bears this out -- see our poll on this topic from March 2015. In addition, hypoglycemia and the fear of going low is rated as the hardest part of diabetes by CWD readers (see our poll on this topic from April 2013).

Given the growing awareness of nocturnal hypoglycemia, we asked our readers about how often they worry about it. Half of our readers report that they always worry -- essentially every night. So how do we balance the fear of nighttime lows with the need for sleep? Not well, based on our poll in February 2015, in which 94% of parents and caregivers and 62% of people with diabetes report not sleeping as well as they did before diabetes.

The advent of continuous glucose sensors have finally given us a tool to help identify and reduce the impact of nocturnal hypoglycemia. While not perfect, alarms in response to low blood sugar can make a huge difference. This technology -- combining continuous sensing with remote monitoring,even very remote, such as through the Internet using commercial tools or NightScout -- finally hints at a time when parents, caregivers, and people with diabetes can sleep safely and soundly through the night.

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Last Updated: Wednesday January 27, 2016 16:31:04
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