No more painful pricks
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.