Students raise awareness about risks of hypoglycaemia at university fair
Published on 14 February 2020
On the day Laura, Mia and Beth distributed DRWF diabetes information leaflet resources on their stall in addition to producing their own leaflet – for which they won a prize!
Laura said: “The event was a huge success! Our stall won one of two prizes available on the day, for the most informative leaflet.
“We tried our best to translate a very complex condition to something understandable to adults who have not before heard of type 1 diabetes.
“The judges said that the need for hypoglycaemia awareness in the general public was crucial, and with gaps in education, for example in first aid training, our stall was extremely relevant, and the leaflets were insightful.”
“We would like to thank DRWF for being so helpful and generous in providing resources for our stall!”
Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar)
Symptoms of low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia) can include a person feeling dizzy, sweaty, shaky, or lightheaded. This should be treated quickly with glucose tablets or sweets, though not chocolate.
Causes of hypoglycaemia can include; not enough sugar being consumed, too much blood sugar being used up through increased physical activity, or diabetes medication doses being too high.
Alcohol, hot weather, diarrhoea and vomiting can also increase the risk.
Spotting the signs and reducing the risk of hypoglycaemic episodes is something people with type 1 diabetes deal with every day as part of their management of the condition.
The FREE DRWF Diabetes Check-up Card includes a list of symptoms of hypoglycaemia, of low blood sugar levels, to remind people with type 1 diabetes what to look out for.
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