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People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar


A quarter-million people in England will benefit after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended the use of real-time continuous glucose monitoring for all adults and children with type 1 diabetes.

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The U.K. National Health Service (NHS) will offer roughly 250,000 people with type 1 diabetes a skin sensor to monitor blood sugar, following the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)'s authorization.

The sensor can constantly check glucose levels, which NICE said it reduces the need for finger-prick testing by up to 50%.

The organization recommended the wearable sensor's use for all adults and children with type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes UK's Chris Askew said, "What we are seeing today is a key shift in thinking—a move to recognizing that technology is an integral part of diabetes management, not simply an added luxury."

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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