Diabetics In Dorset Urged To Talk About Hypos
6:32am 29th September 2014
(Updated 6:33am 29th September 2014)
Patients and health staff at Dorset County Hospital are being asked to talk more about hypoglycaemia - a potentially dangerous complication of diabetes.
Hypos happen when glucose in the blood is running low and causes trembling, hunger and blurred vision.
Symptoms are often not reported because a lack of awareness about the condition.
About 18,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes in West Dorset with on average of fifth of diabetes patients in hospital experiencing hypos in during last week.
Dorset County Hospital Diabetes Specialist Nurse Lisa Clark says "It's just about being aware and getting help. If you're worried about it give whoever is charge of your diabetes treatment a ring and we can point you in the right direction."
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 treatment options.
KEEP - track of your hypos for discussion with your healthcare professional.