Lancashire Care Foundation Trust’s Diabetes Team is raising awareness of hypoglycaemia (hypos), a potentially dangerous complication of diabetes, as part of a national awareness campaign taking place this week.
TALK Hypos launches during Hypo Awareness Week 2014 (29 September–5 October 2014) and aims to improve the management of hypos, which often go under-recognised or under-reported by people with diabetes. Hypos occur when glucose in the blood falls to a low level and are one of the most common diabetes complications. Symptoms may include a pounding heart, trembling, hunger, difficulty concentrating and blurred vision, and left untreated, they can become serious and cause unconsciousness.
The team, based at the Minerva Health Centre in Preston, are holding a drop-in session on Thursday 2 October between 9.30am and 12.30pm for people to come in and find out more about how to identify and manage hypos, as well as some activities and sweets
Christine Elwell, Diabetes Education Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“This week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of hypos, and educate people on the warning signs of hypos. It is important that people are aware of the condition and that they have the right information and knowledge to treat and manage hypos should they occur. Not all people with diabetes are at risk of hypos. People who need treatment with insulin or certain medications that lower blood glucose levels need to be aware of the risks and raise the issue of hypos in their consultations. This means they can be provided with the right advice, and medication where appropriate, to help manage the condition which in turn can help to reduce the severity and frequency of incidences. “
TALK Hypos provides an acronym to encourage people with diabetes to discuss hypos with their doctor or nurse:
• THINK: Do you know what a hypo is? Do you suffer from hypos?
• ASK: your doctor or nurse about hypos and discuss them as part of your consultation
• LEARN: what can be done to better manage your hypos, including lifestyle and treatment options
• KEEP: track of your hypos for discussion with your healthcare professional