CHILDREN and young adults with diabetes will no longer have to do a finger prick test to manage their disease.
An innovative device known as Freestyle Libre allows glucose levels to be monitored via a sensor, the size of a coin, that is worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days. It will now be reimbursed by the HSE. Some people with diabetes have to check their glucose levels 10 times a day.
The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, a gland behind the stomach.
When food is digested and enters the bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy.
However, if someone has diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there’s either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.
Treatment for diabetes aims to keep blood glucose levels as normal as possible and control symptoms to prevent health problems developing later in life. Hypoglycaemia is where blood glucose levels become very low.