Flash Glucose Sensor Available on the NHS

Great news!!

As of November 2017 in the UK, the Freestyle Libre will be available on the NHS for the first time!

The Freestyle Libre is a device which checks a type 1 diabetics blood glucose levels by scanning a small 2p sized sensor which is located on their arm. By scanning the user receives a level reading and a graph of their levels from the previous 8 hours with information if they’re increasing or decreasing.

The device will be subject to local health authority approval (it is fairly costly) but it’s worth contacting your specialist/ GP to see if this type of glucose monitoring will be available.

For me, this is very encouraging. The convenience of being able to read my blood sugar levels easily whilst exercising just by tapping my arm, not having to stop and get all my usual gear out is particularly exciting. Especially with all my marathon training. It’s a very useful piece of technology and one I highly recommend you read up on if you live in the U.K.

For more information:

JDRF UK: https://jdrf.org.uk/news/flash-glucose-sensing-available-nhs-type-1-diabetes/

Freestyle Libre: https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/


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Dan has been a Type 1 Diabetic since November 2011 and writes about his experiences living with two autoimmune conditions (Type 1 Diabetes and Ulcerative Colitis), nutrition, exercise and living an overall healthier life on his blog and via his social media platforms.

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