This month we are excited to learn about the potential positive changes to glucose monitoring for diabetes in the UK. The innovative Flash Glucose Monitoring for diabetes could become available on the NHS starting in November 2017.
According to The Diabetes Times; “The FreeStyle Libre System will be available on the NHS from November 1 subject to local health economy approval.”
So what is Flash Glucose Monitoring and how can it help?
From the information on the freesttylelibre.co.uk website, the Flash Glucose system means “a small sensor automatically measures and continuously stores glucose readings day and night.”
Historically the finger prick method has been in use which can be both painful and inconvenient for sufferers. This new system for testing blood sugar levels will mean a significant change for people with diabetes.
“The system automatically reads glucose levels through a sensor, approximately the size of a £2 coin, that is worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days.” (The Diabetes Times, 13th September 2017)
Key benefits of the new system:
- User friendly
- Easy to use
- Provides rich data
Full information on the product can be found at https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/
The news of the introduction of Flash Glucose Monitoring will likely see a sigh of relief for many living with Diabetes in the UK, but the battle isn’t over. Diabetes UK now has to overcome the challenge of convincing “local decision makers to ensure people living with diabetes get proper access to this potentially life-changing technology.” (The Diabetes Times, 13th September 2017)
Here at Ojamin, we recognise the struggle that Diabetes brings to people not just in the UK but all over the world, and we are passionate about developing our product to help support the battle with Diabetes that so many people face.