No more painful pricks

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Young Ki­wis with di­a­betes who may have ex­pe­ri­enced painful, rou­tine fin­ger pricks in the past now have ac­cess to an easy−to−use mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for mea­sur­ing their glu­cose lev­els. For those aged four to 17 years with in­sulin−de­pen­dent di­a­betes, the FreeStyle Li­bre reads glu­cose lev­els through a small, round sen­sor – ap­prox­i­mately the size of two stacked two dol­lar coins – and can be worn on the back of the up­per arm for up to 14 days. It elim­i­nates the need for tra­di­tional fin­ger pricks, mak­ing it quicker, dis­creet, and less painful. It has been avail­able to adults in New Zealand for just over six months, so it’s wel­come news for the more than 2,500 Kiwi chil­dren and teens liv­ing with di­a­betes.

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