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Type 1 night time hypos

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by charley, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. charley

    charley Type 1 · Newbie

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    I am type 1 and suffer from night time hypos very badly, I set my alarm on my iPhone mobile to wake me at 2am every night so I can respond or check my levels. I live on my own now and would like to know if anyone can tell me if there is a 'medical guardian' that can be set up with my phone if I do not answer, can an alert be automatically sent to one of my family members to check on me? I haven't found anything similar online yet? Thanks for any info you have.
     
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    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    I am not aware of such a phone app - but it sounds like a good idea.
    However, I am concerned your night time hypos are so bad that you feel you need this. Many people with type 1 diabetes live alone (I did for many years): diabetes should not be a reason for living a normal life.
    I recommend investigating the cause of your hypos: discuss them with your diabetes team. They may have some suggestions such as adjusting your insulin or going on a pump (if you are not already).
     
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    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Quick search and I found these:

    Kitestring: https://www.kitestring.io/
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    Bugle: http://www.gobugle.com/

    No idea what they're like, but both will alert by txt someone else if you don't respond to it.

    However like Helen says best to find the root cause of your night time hypos.
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    @charley I believe Dexcom will alert family members.

    But I do agree that getting your hypos sorted is the best option.
     
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  5. Ashley13

    Ashley13 Type 1 · Member

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    Dexcom is amazing - an alarm will go off on your phone as soon as you go low, plus your family can follow you on the Dexcom Share app so they will also get an alarm too! There is a standard low glucose alarm where you can set the figure yourself and then an urgent low when it hits 3.1 I believe. You also get to choose what alarms your followers receive.

    I never used to have severe night time hypos but the ones I did have wouldn't wake me, this being one of the reasons why I got a Dexcom myself.
     
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  6. Scott-C

    Scott-C Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you get cold sweats with the hypo?

    If so, there's this gadget which alarms and phones people if your wrist gets too cold and damp.
    https://www.hypoband.co.uk

    Obviously wouldn't stop a hypo altogether but the idea seems to be that it will alarm early on before it gets way too low.

    I bought one but ironically enough the only times I've had cold sweats is when I've not been wearing it!

    Just a one-off cost unlike dexcom which is a contnuing monthly payment.
     
  7. charley

    charley Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi, thanks for the info, ive had watches and other gadgets but I sweat a lot anyway and so trigger off the alarms for no reasons most times.
     
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