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Hypo Awareness Week: 5th - 9th October

Our diabetes team will be encouraging staff and patients with diabetes to TALK Hypos this Hypo Awareness Week (5th-11th October).

TALK Hypos

Hypoglycaemia (hypos) is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Hypo Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for the diabetes community to promote hypoglycaemia in hospitals across the UK.

Hypos occur when glucose in the blood falls to a low level, and symptoms can include a pounding heart, trembling, hunger, difficulty concentrating and blurred vision. Symptoms of night-time hypos include waking up with a morning headache, night sweats and extreme tiredness. Night-time hypos can be of particular concern as they can be unpredictable and hard to detect.

The TALK Hypos campaign 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 and treatment options
  • KEEP: track of your hypos for discussion with your healthcare professional

The Manchester Diabetes team is organising a Hypo Awareness Stand at the Royal Eye Hospital Atrium on Wednesday 7th of October from 9am till 12 noon. The stand will contain resources useful for patients, staff and visitors, please feel free to come along if you'd like to find out more and speak to one of our team.