New Diabetes Monitor System Available At PDH

Vicki Barbary - Diabetes Educator
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
A new monitoring system is making life easier for people with diabetes in Portland.

Portland District Health has been part of a small trial project of the Freestyle monitoring system and Libre meter.

PDH's Credentialed Diabetes Educator Vicki Barbary said the system involves a sensor about the size of a 10 cent piece being placed under your arm. It connects with a blood glucose meter and people can either take a finger prick or scan the sensor on your arm.

People can scan and get a blood glucose reading any time and it stores information from eight hours of blood glucose readings.

For detecting low blood glucose from when you’ve been sleeping or just checking how your sugar is trending it's quite helpful without doing a lot of blood glucose finger pricks, Ms Barbary said.

People are finding it really helpful. For those who hate pricking their finger, this can remove a lot of that burden.

Ms Barbary said people still need to do a finger prick if they're on insulin or have a hypo but for finding trends of what's happening the system provides a lot of information for them to work with their diabetes team.

The system is available online and Ms Barbary hopes it will become part of the NDSS to become government-subsidised.

PDH has been part of a small program using five meters and two sensors per metre to gauge client feedback.

Myamyn farmer Alex Godfrey-Smith is one of those to use a Libre on loan from PDH and says it has made a profound difference compared to finger prick testing.

It's the first time I've had any confidence my diabetes could be really managed,” he said. The frequent finger pricks required to provide anywhere near similar information are nigh on impossible when attempting a normal working life.

PDH's diabetes team includes diabetes educators, dietitians and podiatrist and provides the necessary services to help people to manage their condition, including the Diabetes Plus and Life! programs. The team is supported by endocrinologist Professor Geoff Nicholson who visits fortnightly from Geelong.

This week is 2017 National Diabetes Week which follows the theme `It's About Time we all did a better job of detecting all types of diabetes.

It recognises that too many Australians are diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes too late and this delay in diagnosis puts many people at risk of major life-threatening health problems.

National Diabetes Week Link: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/itsabouttime 


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