TALK Hypos is an awareness campaign from Novo Nordisk, supported by Diabetes UK, which focuses on encouraging people with diabetes to discuss day and night-time hypoglycaemia (hypos) to their doctor or nurse.
Symptoms of hypoglycaemia
Symptoms of night-time hypos can include waking up with a morning headache, night sweats and extreme tiredness. Night-time hypos can be a particular concern as they can be unpredictable and hard to detect. They can be a regular burden for people with diabetes and can have a serious impact on their lives, yet a recent survey reports that one-third of people failed to report night-time hypos to their doctor or nurse.
As well as more immediate symptoms, mild and severe hypos have also been linked to longer-term health complications, including, in some instances, heart disease.
Having repeated hypos can, over time, lead to 'hypo unawareness', where the warning symptoms of a hypo stop being felt, making hypos harder to identify and more difficult to manage. It is important to know how to spot signs of day and night-time hypos and know what can be done to help tackle them.
To help you discuss hypos with your doctor or nurse and increase your confidence about managing night-time hypos, the TALK Hypos campaign includes a simple summary of what you need to remember:
Download the TALK Hypos patient leaflet for information.
This page is intended for members of the UK public
UK/WB/0914/0029(3) September 2016
Watch the Below the Surface films to learn more about the varying symptoms of hypos
Download the Hypo Journal and find out where to access more information on hypos
Access information, resources and practical guidance on how to manage hypoglycaemia (hypos)
For information on hypos, their symptoms and causes
For information on steps that can be taken to help manage hypos