IT’S 3am, but not all Australian parents are asleep. Some are ‘on duty’.
They have set their alarms to wake at this ungodly hour in order to check the blood glucose level of their child with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Their fear is that their child will slip into hypoglycaemia while asleep. The nightmare is that the child will be ‘dead in bed’.
Fear of hypoglycaemia is part of life for many people with T1DM.1 But this need not be the case. The technology to prevent overnight hypoglycaemia already exists.
In January 2015, four