“Low” Glucose in the Community

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We present to you the results from the first study that we conducted on Glu, which was focused on hypoglycemia. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Our goal is to share the research results with the community, which we hope will spark a conversation, and allow researchers and the type 1 community to learn, engage in dialogue, and ask further questions that may lead to other study ideas. 

This survey was fielded from February to August 2012 on Glu and the data we present is based on the results of 403 adults.* The infographic below shows the highlights of the results.

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Here are some points to consider as you look at the data:

  • The majority of individuals (73%) had an HbA1c that was 7.9% or less (wow, really tight control). As you read on, remember to take into consideration that Glu users may be slightly different from typical individuals from the T1D community.
  • We didn’t ask whether women were pregnant, for whom a low blood sugar is less than 60 mg/dl. If there were pregnant women who filled out the survey, this could explain some of the differing definitions of a “low”.
  • We didn’t ask about the absolute frequency for confirming a low so the definition of “sometimes” could be subject to interpretation.
  • Another interesting twist is that a significant percentage of participants reported using a Continous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System (40%). CGMs are not supposed to replace blood glucose testing, particularly in the case of a low, but in reality our guess is that some individuals might not check a blood sugar if they see a downward trend on their CGM.
  • Finally, needing assistance with a blood sugar didn’t necessarily mean that the individual had seizure or loss of consciousness.

Are these results what you expected? Is this data surprising at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

*There were 524 participants, but we excluded 81 individuals who did not complete the survey, and because the survey was originally focused on adults, we also eliminated individuals less than 18 years of age, which left us with a sample size of 403.

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