Meeting the challenges of hypoglycemia in the community
Diabetic Hypoglycemia January 2014, Volume 6, Issue 3: page 2-6
Hypoglycemia can affect cognitive function that influences rational thought and judgment. This has implications for the person living with diabetes and for the wider community. Hypoglycemia can occur during the school day and in the work place. Family, friends and co-workers need to be aware of hypoglycemia since early detection is of great importance in prevention and treatment. People with diabetes may require assistance during a hypoglycemia event, especially during a severe hypoglycemic episode when glucagon may need to be administered. It has been reported that unfounded fears or misinformation regarding hypoglycemia can cause people with diabetes to feel ostracized in the community. For these and many reasons, educating the public about hypoglycemia is important as people in community settings can serve as an important resource and advocate for those with diabetes. Diabetes Associations in many countries have organized education and advocacy campaigns to prevent people with diabetes having deleterious outcomes from untreated hypoglycemia and experiencing unfair discrimination.
Keywords: community, driving, hypoglycemia, law, school