“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.”
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.
All the best Jan