Talk about Hypos

For people living with diabetes, experiencing and overcoming a hypoglycaemia (also known as hypo or low blood sugar) can be worrying. This is no different for their family members, who endure similar feelings. 
The TALK-HYPO1 multi-national study gathered the experience of 4,300 family members of people with diabetes*, who recognised the impact that hypos can have on their own lives**.
Simply talking about hypos was highlighted as a solution that can lead to better management of hypos and bring families closer together.

Talk about hypos with your loved ones


*Type 1 and type 2 diabetes, taking insulin and/or secretagogues at least 12 months prior to the study

**The testimonial captured in the films are not part of the Talk-Hypo survey results. For more details please visit the survey section.

Just like those families in the films broke down the wall of silence around hypos, you can do the same.

A simple conversation about your concerns, feelings or experiences related to hypos with your family member(s) or with a health care professional can be beneficial.
Initiating such discussions can be difficult. Here are some suggestions to help you start your own conversations. Choose a card, write down the answers and discuss them with some of the people closest to you. 
Conversation starters for people with diabetes
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Conversation starters for families
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Conversation Starters for health care professionals
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We would suggest you start the conversation by assessing your patient’s general well being and the impact hypos may have on their hobbies, daily routines, holidays, etc. by asking simple questions such as:

When to speak to a doctor

If you’re living with diabetes and you frequently experience hypos (low blood sugar) – even if it’s only mild episodes – it’s important you speak to your doctor or nurse.

Families like your own.

We talked to families from 7 countries. They shared their daily challenges and worries of hypos with us. Are these challenges similar to those you face every day?

More information

For more information about hypos, its symptoms and management, please visit the FAQ section

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Let’s keep the conversation going... share these conversations with others, so the people you care about can take part too.


1Ratzki-Leewing A, Parvaresh Rizi E, Harris SB. The Forgotten Players in the Diabetes Care Team (The TALK-HYPO Study). Diabetes Ther. 2019 (In Press).