Are you wondering how we got your numbers? Here’s how we calculated your DiaDigits
Days with type 1 diabetes
When you entered your date of diagnosis, we calculated the number of days it’s been.
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.
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.