Currently, most diabetics have to rely on painful and uncomfortable prick tests in order to monitor their blood glucose levels. With the number of diabetes sufferers increasing globally each year, the medical community have been researching and developing alternative methods of testing for some time now.
A new system, ‘Freestyle Libre’ – where an electronic arm patch measures one’s blood glucose level and sends it wirelessly to a smartphone – has been released. Currently however, the system is only available privately and is quite pricey, at £96 per month.
Now though, it is being considered for provision to diabetics on the NHS.
If this were to come to fruition, it would make this easier, less painful solution to home blood sugar testing accessible to diabetics throughout the UK.
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