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Let’s talk hypos. How do they impact your life?

Hypoglycaemia (also known as hypos or lows) is a condition that occurs when your blood glucose level (BGL) has dropped too low, below 4mmol/L. Hypos are a part of life for many people living with diabetes who use insulin.  

In Australia, about 400,000 people use insulin to help manage their diabetes. 

According to research a person with type 1 diabetes averages 138 hypos per year. Of course, you may have more, or maybe less than this – everyone’s experience is different. 

Living with diabetes can be challenging. Call our Helpline on 1800 177 055 if you need help or want to talk.  

Time adds up

It can people an average of about 15 minutes to recover from a hypo. However, it may take some people more or less time than this.   

Costs add up

Jelly beans, juice, glucose tabs or a soft drink – which fast-acting carbohydrate do you turn to when you have a hypo?  

If you drink a juice box every hypo, in one year you will have spent about $207! 

See for yourself with #HyposAddUp

Have you ever wondered how many hypos you’ve had? Our new #HyposAddUp calculator can add them up for you!  

Share the infographic on social media to raise awareness of hypos. It’s also a great conversation starter next time you want to talk about hypos with your healthcare professional.  

Disclaimer The content of the #HyposAddUp calculator is intended for information and awareness raising purposes only. It is not to be viewed as a health appraisal or advice from Diabetes Australia.   

Join the conversation – #HyposAddUp

Tell us about your experiences with hypos. Do hypos interrupt your daily life? We’d love to hear your story on our social media pages. 

For the chance to win one of five $100 gift vouchers, tell us how your hypos add up. Use the hashtag #hyposaddup and post on your socials. Terms and conditions apply.

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Let’s talk hypos. If you live with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and use insulin you’ve probably had one, but if you don’t use insulin to manage your diabetes you might be asking what is a ‘hypo’?

Hypoglycaemia, sometimes called a hypo or low, occurs when glucose levels drop too low, below 4mmol/L.

Symptoms of hypoglycaemia vary from person to person. Early signs and symptoms may include:

-Shaking, trembling or weakness

-Sweating

-Paleness

-Hunger

-Light headedness

-Headache

-Dizziness

-Pins and needles around mouth

-Mood change


Hypos can usually be treated with fast acting carbohydrates (jelly beans, soft drink or glucose tablets).

In some cases, if glucose levels continue to drop, it can be dangerous, and you may need someone to help you.

Share and help us spread the word. #hyposhappen
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Having a hypo in public can generate unwanted opinions and judgments.

This week we are talking hypos. Stay tuned.

#hyposhappen
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diabetes_australia has launched The Lowdown 2020, a hypo awareness campaign.
Share your story with the hashtag #hyposhappen on your social channels - you could help others in their own journeys with #diabetes!
Learn more at The Lowdown - https://thelowdown.org.au/: Link in our bio.
​#mentalhealth #socialmedia #hypos #TellyourStory
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We are loving seeing the community come together to share their hypo stories!

This one is from Sharell:

“Having Diabetes Type 1 for 11 years has been a roller-coaster ride for me. I have highs and lows sugar levels everyday. When I have a low hypo, I am very tired, hungry, it makes me feel exhausted and very low energy. The very next day I get consequences from it. There has not been a day where I would get normal readings because I don’t remember. My memory comes and goes with having to remember what my sugar levels are going through the day.”

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Sharell!

Do you have a hypo story you would like to share?

Post a picture of yourself holding up a sign that describes how a hypo makes you feel and use the hashtag #hyposhappen!
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NATIONAL DIABETES WEEK 2021

Injecting in public
Buying needles
Swapping sharps containers
Finger prick tests in public
Appearing drunk, aggressive, uncoordinated, slow and spaced out
Diabetes has an image problem.
Please don’t judge us.

#nationaldiabetesweek #stigma #blame #shame #judgement #t1dlookslikeme #hyposhappen #thisisourlife #support #awareness #connection #ndw2021
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diabetes_australia has launched The Lowdown 2020, a hypo awareness campaign.
Share your story with the hashtag #hyposhappen on your social channels - you could help others in their own journeys with #diabetes!
Learn more at The Lowdown - https://thelowdown.org.au/: Link in our bio.
​#mentalhealth #socialmedia #hypos #TellyourStory
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Georgie from @bodyposibetes has a wonderful message for the community regarding hypos 💙

"Hypos happen. Hypos cannot be prevented. Hypos suck. There is nothing more annoying than a doctor asking me “Do you have hypos?” Of course I have hypos, do you breathe?
They’re inconvenient. They always seem to happen when I’m in the middle of something, or just drifting off to sleep.

They make me look drunk and shaky, and they’re embarrassing! I’ve hypoed on stage, in meetings, on dates, in front of my students, and in interviews. I’ve dropped objects, said countless weird things, and had a hypo argument with a bouncer who wouldn’t let me back in because he thought I was drunk. Having to ask “Could I have a few minutes?” can make me feel so vulnerable and small.

They’re tiring. Dealing with multiple hypos overnight is not a recipe for a productive or fulfilling day. Often I walk through a day after a hypo filled night like a zombie, going through the motions until I can go back home and nap.

They’re scary. I don’t feel my hypos until they get very low, and when they go below 1.5 I feel like I’m about to die. My head spins, my body feels numb, and I can’t control my shaking or sweating. I hate it.

#HyposHappen , so please don’t beat yourself up about them! You are your own pancreas every single day, so there are always going to be sneaky hypos. Join in Diabetes Australia ‘s campaign this week and share your hypo story. They’re normal, they’re not an indication of “bad control”, and they’re not your fault. They happen. 💙"
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Hypos happen. They can be upsetting, embarrassing and cause fear, anxiety and depression so let’s talk hypos and kick away the stigma.

This year for The Lowdown 2020 we are talking hypos and mental health and we want you to be involved.

Join the conversation and share how hypos impact on your mental health. Do you have a story about having a hypo in public that you would like to share?

Share a video or photo and give us the lowdown on your ‘hypos’. Hold up a sign using one word explaining how ‘hypos’ make you feel.

By speaking out we can help end the stigma around hypos.

Remember to use the hashtag #hyposhappen 💙
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Have you ever been mistaken for being drunk when you are just having a hypo?

We know this has happened to lots of people ​with diabetes.
​If this has happened to you, what was your experience?

Share and help us raise awareness around hypos. We want to kick away the stigma.

You can also share your story about having a hypo with the #HyposHappen hashtag. You’ll help us spread the word and will go into the draw to win a $250 Visa gift card.
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Good thanks.

🎢 📈📉🍭📈💉📉🙄

#howsyoursunday #ihatejellybeans #diafuckingbetes #type1 #hyposhappen #t1diabetesawareness #invisibledisability #iamgreaterthanmyhighsandlows #insulinjunkie4life
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Everybody has a story.

We want to hear yours.

This week we launched The Lowdown 2020 #HyposHappen to raise awareness of hypos and hopefully kick away the stigma.

How can you get involved and share your story? Share a video or photo and give us the lowdown on your ‘hypos’. Hold up a sign using one word explaining how ‘hypos’ make you feel.

By participating, you will go into the draw to win a $250 Visa Debit card voucher.

By speaking out we can help end the stigma around hypos.

Remember to use the hashtag #hyposhappen
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We received this message from Leah, Scarlett’s Mum.

“When I’m hypo I feel weak and shaky. I find it hard to control my breathing and can’t talkmuch. #hyposhappen “

Thank you for sharing your story, Scarlett and being brave and open with the community.
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Having a hypo in public can be embarrassing for some people with diabetes. Sometimes strangers (or family or friends) can say or do things that make people feel uncomfortable or awkward.

While it may seem like someone who is having a hypo needs immediate help, sometimes the best thing you can do is let that person manage their hypo and give them some time.

As always, it’s best to be led by the person with diabetes. If you know someone with diabetes who has hypos, ask them how you can support them when they’re having a low.

Share and help us raise awareness.

If you have diabetes, you can also share your hypo story with the #HyposHappen hashtag. You’ll help us spread the word and will go into the draw to win a $250 Visa gift card

*Please note, everyone is different, and this may not be suitable for young children or older people with type 1 diabetes. It’s always best to speak with someone before assuming.
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Thank you for sharing how hypos make you feel, Rach and being part of this year’s hypo awareness campaign!

We are sure many people will be able to relate to many of those feelings.

Do you have a story to share?

Post a picture or video of yourself and tell us how hypos make you feel. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #HyposHappen!
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Let's face it, #HyposHappen.

This Wednesday we will be hosting an online event to mark this year's Lowdown campaign.

We'll be talking to people from across Australia, who are living with diabetes about the reality of hypos. We will also be discussing some important issues, including the emotional and mental aspects of hypos and how family and friends can provide support to someone experiencing a hypo.

Do you have your own hypo story to share?

Share a video or photo and give us the lowdown on your ‘hypos’. Hold up a sign using one word explaining how ‘hypos’ make you feel.

By participating, you will go into the draw to win a $250 Visa Debit card voucher.

By speaking out we can help end the stigma around hypos.

See you all on Wednesday!
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I may have been mid-hypo during this photo - you know that blank stare you get, and that "yeah, I'm fine" smile you give when someone asks if you're ok... 😅

I'm fortunate enough to be hypo aware at this point in time - my usual symptoms of a low are usually shaking fingers and the feeling of passing out 😟

However, I wouldn't have a clue with high sugars, as my body feels the same at 20mmol as it does at 6mmol. At first, I thought this was relatively common until I joined the DOC and realised that a lot of y'all sometimes feel terrible with high BGLs!

Any who...a hammock happened to be within close distance for my shakey legs to walk to. I popped some jelly beans and while I was staring blankly at my sister, she happened to snap this shot😅 #kodakmoment

Before this moment, I was walking along the beach thinking about Dr Frederick Banting and Charles Best on their breakthrough in treating diabetes. This week marked the 100th anniversary of this medical triumph. To think I wouldn't have made it past 19 gave me goosebumps. We are incredibly fortunate 💙

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#hypoglycemia #hyposhappen #type1diabetes #insulindependent #diabetic #diabetes #typeonestrong #t1dlookslikeme #type1life #t1dlife #beyondtype1daily #diabetesawareness
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The Lowdown might be done and dusted for another year but @drews.daily.dose sent us a great video about the reality of living with hypos and we just had to share it.

Hypos happen Drew, thanks for talking about them. #HyposHappen
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