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More people with diabetes given access to ‘life-changing’ wearable

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidelines recommending that flash glucose monitoring or continuous glucose monitoring be made available for all adults with type 1 diabetes in the UK.

The guideline also suggests that all children living with type 1 diabetes should use continuous glucose monitoring.

Diabetes UK said the guidelines are a hugely-welcome step towards more people having access to the life-changing technology, which improves blood sugar control and makes life easier for people with type 1 diabetes, their parents and their carers.

Chris Askew OBE, chief executive at Diabetes UK, said: “We are pleased to see such great strides being made in ensuring more people with type 1 diabetes have access to flash monitors on the NHS.

“This technology transforms the lives of those using it, improving both their quality of life and their diabetes self-management.

“We also know that, for those who do have access to flash monitors, it has been particularly beneficial while face-to-face diabetes care has been understandably limited during the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to continuing to work with NHS England and others to ensure those who can benefit from this life-changing technology have access to it”.

Flash monitors have a sensor that easily attaches to the back of the arm, allowing patients to check their glucose quickly and easily with a simple one-second scan.

The wearable gadget links to an easy-to-use app on your phone, where patients can access the data gathered by the device.

Unlike conventional blood glucose monitors they allow patients to view patterns over time, not only showing current and previous levels but also where they’re headed.

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