Hypoglycaemia can be one of the biggest concerns for people with Type 1 diabetes, especially during the night, when it is more difficult to recognise low levels of blood glucose (lows). Anyone with Type 1 diabetes can experience unexpected lows. One of the main goals of diabetes management is to achieve target HbA1c levels safely, without increasing the risk of hypoglycaemia (hypos). Read the real-life stories of other people with Type 1 diabetes and discover how they have found their way to better control and fewer hypos.
At the beginning, when I was on MDI, I could never tell when my hypos were coming. Once, in town, I just fell to the pavement. I still remember people avoiding me and walking away, probably thinking I was drunk. I had to drag myself home all alone. I had heard about many positive experiences with pump therapy so, after a long period of having hypos, I asked my doctor if I could try it. Now, I wear an insulin pump all the time and I’ve almost forgotten what hypos are.
My biggest shock after getting diabetes came with my worst ever hypo. I had been skating for 1 or 2 hours then ate a normal dinner. But soon after, I was violently ill and vomited up my food. As I had already injected insulin it kept on working until my blood glucose fell below 50 mg/dL. I was completely out of control. Fortunately, some colleagues took me to the emergency department in the hospital where I was working at the time. Right then, it was terrible, but it led to a good result, because after that I tested an insulin pump for a while and my life got so much better. Now, I wear an insulin pump all the time, and it’s just great!
When I was diagnosed with diabetes, it was very hard. I used multiple daily injections and had continuous hypos. When they were really bad, I even lost consciousness. It made me angry, because I was studying at university but I couldn't concentrate. It was terrible. I could not manage my diabetes, so with the help and support of my physician, I decided to try an insulin pump. Now I have an insulin pump and I enjoy a great level of control. This improved my life, as I could say goodbye to severe hypos. I can honestly say that my diabetes is no longer controlling me, but I’m controlling my diabetes.