Thank you to everyone who has taken the hypoglycemia survey! Since we introduced this survey three weeks ago, 397 TuDiabetes members have participated. Below are some preliminary results of reports to date—this survey is still open so these results are likely to evolve as more users provide information.
The hypoglycemia survey respondents are made up of:
- 74% Type 1
- 14% Type 2
- 11% LADA
- 1% Pre-diabetes
In the past two weeks, how many times have you “gone low”?
Responses to this question ranged from 0 to 75; the average was 6 episodes in the past two weeks. Persons with Type 1 and LADA diabetes report on average 7 lows in the past two weeks, while persons with Type 2 and pre-diabetes report an average of 2 episodes the past two weeks.
The frequency of the reported number of lows in the last two weeks, by diabetes type, is summarized in the bar charts below. The scales on the two charts are not identical because Type 2 and pre-diabetes reported many fewer lows than Type 1 and LADA. Patterns are different by type.
In the past 12 months, how many episodes of severe hypoglycemia* have you experienced?
29% of respondents report experiencing at least one episode of severe hypoglycemia in the last 12 months. 30% of Type 1 and LADA and 24% of Type 2 and pre-diabetes users report at least one severe low in the past 12 months. The number of severe lows in the last 12 months ranged from 1 to 150. Among those that do have severe hypoglycemic episodes, over half report having three or fewer episodes throughout the year. The average number of severe lows is 13.
We don’t yet have enough Type 2’s reporting severe lows to describe their distribution, but below is the distribution for Type 1 and LADA:
*Severe hypoglycemia is defined by one or more of the following: being unable to treat a hypoglycemic episode without the help of another person, a hypo that resulted in unconsciousness or a seizure, needing glucagon to treat a low, or being treated by paramedics or EMTs for a low.
If you haven’t yet taken the hypoglycemia survey, it is not too late to contribute your data! Every response helps us to better understand the full picture of hypoglycemia in the TuDiabetes community.
Once you’ve taken the hypoglycemia survey, make sure to complete the first Care Overview survey and update your A1c. Currently 65% of the users who have taken the hypoglycemia survey have also completed the Care Overview survey and entered an A1c. In the coming weeks we will be providing detailed analyses of members’ survey data on this blog—drawing from all available surveys to tell a full story of diabetes health. Completing the surveys will aid this effort!
Thank you for your support!
The TuAnalyze Team