Flash glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, It is fit­ting to mark this Di­a­betes Week (June 11-17) for Scot­land’s 30,000 adults and chil­dren liv­ing with type one di­a­betes by not­ing that life-chang­ing mon­i­tors are now avail­able on the NHS. A child di­ag­nosed with type one di­a­betes at five faces 50,000 fin­ger-prick blood glu­cose tests by the time they are 18.

Each painful fin­ger prick is part of a daily rou­tine which also in­cludes cal­cu­lat­ing car­bo­hy­drate in­take and fre­quent in­sulin in­jec­tions, all to pre­vent life-threat­en­ing hy­po­gly­caemia and long-term com­pli­ca­tions.

But since Novem­ber last year, a ‘flash glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing’ sys­tem called the Freestyle Li­bre can be pre­scribed by lo­cal GPs, of­fer­ing an al­ter­na­tive to such in­ten­sive fin­ger prick­ing.

The roll-out of flash glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing, which gives a read­ing via a sim­ple sen­sor, how­ever, is not con­sis­tent across all lo­cal health boards. So, our mes­sage for Di­a­betes Week is to call for health boards in Scot­land to speed up pre­scrip­tion poli­cies and step up much needed pre­scrip­tions.

Type one di­a­betes can­not be pre­vented and un­til we find the cure for it, re­search and tech­nol­ogy are vi­tal.

Holly Davies, development man­ager,

JDRF Char­ity, Aberdeen.

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