Glu­cose lev­els

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.

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