Impact of hypoglycaemia


Patient health

As well as the more immediate symptoms, mild and severe hypoglycaemia have also been linked to longer-term health complications, including, in some instances, heart disease.

Having repeated hypoglycaemia can, over time, lead to 'hypo unawareness', where the warning symptoms of a hypo stop being felt, making them harder to identify and more difficult to manage.



The cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour.  This equates to over £25,000 being spent on diabetes every minute.  In total, an estimated £14 billion is spent a year on treating diabetes and its complications, with the cost of treating complications representing the much higher cost.

Annual inpatient care, to treat short and long-term complications of diabetes, is estimated at between £1,800 and £2,500 per patient.

This compares with annual outpatient costs, which includes the cost of medications and monitoring supplies, estimated between £300 and £370 per patient.


This page is intended for UK healthcare professionals only

UK/WB/0616/0023(1)  September 2016


Hypo Hub

Access information, resources and practical guidance on how to manage hypoglycaemia (hypos)

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TALK Hypos

Awareness campaign and information on day and night-time hypoglycaemia

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Below the Surface

Watch the Below the Surface films to learn more about the varying symptoms of hypos

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Practical information and resources

Download the Hypo Journal and find out where to access more information on hypos

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Barriers to communication

For information on the barriers to talking about hypoglycaemia

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