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Wednesday, 4 May 2022

DIABETES NEWS : NICE: All adults and children with type one diabetes to have real time continuous glucose monitors


Sharing a post from Dr Katharine Morrison at Diabetes Diet Blog

"NICE*: all adults and children with type one diabetes to have real time continuous glucose monitors

The fantastic news this spring is that ALL type one adults and children are to be offered real time blood sugar monitors in the NHS.

These machines encourage testing without the finger pricks, tell you the trend of your blood sugars, and make it much more accurate, easier and less painful to adjust your insulin to your blood sugar.

The monitors will also be offered to type two patients who use insulin.

NICE estimates that a quarter of a million type one patients alone will be put on the device. Research suggests that HbA1c levels tend to drop when using the technology without increasing the risk of hypoglycaemia.

Currently the NHS spends ten billion pounds a year on diabetes, which is ten percent of the total budget.

For those type ones or type twos on insulin who do not yet have this device they are asked by NICE to approach their diabetes teams."

Dr Katherine Morrison commented
My son Steven, was an early adopter or this method of blood sugar monitoring. I paid for the device and sensors for the first 18 months because it gave me more peace of mind, especially as he was living on his own away from home. It seemed crazy to me that he was excluded from NHS funding by virtue of having very tight blood sugar control mainly from his own efforts. Although it is a charge on the NHS for the sensors, the benefit is that there should be less hospitalisation from hypos and fewer complications later on.

NICE* is The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care in England that publishes guidelines in four areas and provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.


This blog brings a variety of articles and recipe ideas, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use a reliable meter.

All the best Jan

22 comments:

Tom said...

...wonderful.

sandy said...

That sounds like a good thing for them. Happy May to you.

DVArtist said...

My brother has an implant has NOT had to prick his fingers in several years. It is a life saver in so many ways.

Christine said...

Great news

J.P. Alexander said...

Oh que genial, te mando un beso

peppylady (Dora) said...

Is this in every country.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Margaret D said...

What a good idea.

Iris Flavia said...

My Niece has this since she is 8 - oh, luckily these things exist! She´s 12 now and manages on her own.

Fun60 said...

About time! I have paid for one of these monitors for my daughter for over three years. The difference it made to her control made it worthwhile. It is one of the biggest breakthroughs in diabetic research that can have a positive effect on the life of every type 1 diabetic.

Elephant's Child said...

What a wonderful initiative. I wish it was available here.

William Kendall said...

That is a good idea

Valerie-Jael said...

This is really a good idea!

Helen Howes said...

Meanwhile, all Type 2s not on insulin have been told that as they "don't get hypos" they can only get strips if they pay. I thought that hypers were mostly the cause of damage long-term for type 2's but obviously my feet, eyes, and kidneys are now disposable

And, having done really well for a long time with strips to encourage good eating and safe behaviour, I find it just so discouraging that this is now "policy" (It was promulgated several times, each time over-ridden by my helpful and useful (and now sadly retired) GP)

I find it depressing that in order to work out if any new food is OK, or if my body has changed, I effectively have to go private


HH

DeniseinVA said...

It is a great service that you put all these articles out there.

Betty said...

excellent, nobody type 1 here but it's very good to know this is coming out, thanks for sharing/raising awareness.

Snowbird said...

Excellent news!xxx

Steve said...

Great news and always good to follow proper plan. Its not always easy too choosing proper diet especially for weight loss.

Lisabella Russo said...

That's wonderful! I hope it will be very helpful.

Divers and Sundry said...

Great news!

Teresa said...

Muy interesante como siempre. Besos.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Even though I'm not diabetic, I think it's a really clever idea.

William Kendall said...

A good idea.