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DiaDigits explained

Are you wondering how we got your numbers? Here’s how we calculated your DiaDigits.
Content last reviewed and updated: 09.08.2023

Days with type 1 diabetes

When you entered your date of diagnosis, we calculated the number of days it’s been.

Blood tests

If you picked finger prick test, we calculated that you would do eight* after 1980 and 0 before.

If you picked CGM, we calculated that you’d do eight finger prick tests a day until the date you started on your CGM and four** tests a day since.

If you picked the flash glucose monitor, we calculated that you’d do eight finger prick tests a day until the date you started on your flash and four* tests a day since then.

*It is recommended to do finger prick tests before eating three meals, two hours after each meal, before a snack/drink and at night.
**It is recommended to do four finger prick tests a day while using a CGM or flash glucose monitor.

Injecting insulin

We calculated that you would have done one* injection a day before 1980, two** injections a day between 1980 and 1990, and seven*** injections a day from 1990 until today.

*Before 1980, it was recommended to have one injection a day.
**During the 1980s, it was recommended to carry out the basal/bolus regime – one injection in the morning and one during the night.
***It is now recommended to test and inject insulin (if needed) before three meals a day, one snack/drink, one at night, plus two corrections.

Hours of lost sleep

We calculated that you would lose four hours of sleep a week.

Time spent recovering from a hypo

We calculated that you would spend 10 hours a week* recovering from a hypo.

*mySugr suggests the average of 10 hypos a week. An hour is given for each hypo, to allow 15 minutes for glucose levels to return to normal. The DVLA then says that you shouldn’t drive for a further 45 minutes.


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