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What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

 
     

Meal planning and diet

 
 

13%

 

9

 
     

Blood sugar monitoring

 
 

8%

 

6

 
     

Insulin injections or using the pump

 
 

1%

 

1

 
     

Exercise and sports

 
 

5%

 

4

 
     

Social interaction (acceptance by friends, family, school, isolation)

 
 

5%

 

4

 
     

Hypoglycemia and the fear of going low

 
 

37%

 

25

 
     

Complications

 
 

8%

 

6

 
     

Financial costs or insurance issues

 
 

16%

 

11

 
     

Other

 
 

1%

 

1

 


Total votes: 67

 

What do you think is the hardest part of diabetes?

Poll dates: April 6 - 13, 2016
Total Votes: 67

Each year that we run this poll, the result are the same: by a wide margin, our readers feel that hypoglycemia and the fear of going low is the hardest part of diabetes. This year, financial costs jumped to second.

Insulin pump therapy and basal-bolus therapy with Lantus or Levemir as a basal insulin have both been shown to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia compared with an injection regimen that uses NPH. Frequent blood glucose monitoring or a continuous glucose sensor can also help by giving you more insight into your blood glucose readings more times during the day. Continuous glucose sensors also offer alarms for both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, which can help to reduce the fear of going low.

This table shows how readers have answered this question over the years:

Answer   Apr 2016 Apr 2015 Apr 2014 Apr 2013 Apr 2012 Apr 2011 Apr 2010 Apr 2009 Apr 2008 Dec 2006 Dec 2005 Dec 2004 Dec 2003 Feb 1999
Meal planning 13% 12% 9% 7% 12% 10% 13% 10% 14% 14% 12% 14% 18% 42%
Blood sugar monitoring 8% 12% 13% 7% 9% 10% 12% 12% 11% 15% 19% 13% 10% 14%
Insulin 1% 6% 2% 3% 1% 5% 2% 2% 5% 5% 4% 6% 6% 9%
Exercise and sports 5% 4% 1% 4% 4% 7% 4% 2% 6% 3% 5% 2% 3% 5%
Social issues 5% 6% 5% 2% 5% 7% 4% 6% 6% 6% 6% 5% 6% 6%
Hypoglycemia 37% 43% 46% 53% 44% 41% 41% 31% 35% 39% 34% 41% 38% Not asked
Complications 8% 6% 5% 9% 10% 12% 12% 11% 10% 11% 10% 14% 11% 16%
Financial 16% 2% 7% 10% 6% 6% 5% 9% 6% -- -- -- -- --
Other 1% 6% 7% 4% 8% 4% 6% 3% 4% 4% 6% 3% 5% 5%

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