Not only does hypo unawareness prevent you noticing the early symptoms of hypoglycemia, which can lead to severe hypoglycemia, but new research suggests it could affect cognitive function.

A recent Norwegian study found that people with type 1 diabetes who lacked hypo awareness performed poorly in neuropsychological tests.

Hypos can have a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of people with diabetes. A recent Diabetes.co.uk survey of more than 20,000 people found that 79 per cent reported feeling severe anxiety about having hypos.

In February, a free online structured education program was launched to help people with hypo unawareness. The Hypo Awareness Program can help you manage hypos and regain your hypo awareness: over 40,000 people who used the program increased their hypo awareness by nearly 88 per cent. For more information, go to hypoglycemia.uk.