Latest campaign focuses on glucose monitoring devices
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to managing a complex disease like diabetes. However, one cornerstone to staying healthy and avoiding serious health complications is measuring glucose. While the standard method of measuring blood glucose for years has been periodic finger-prick testing, for some people with diabetes, this method may not be enough. Technological innovation in recent years means that now there are several more advanced systems available that can be life-changing for many and even lifesaving for some.
The latest technologies such as Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM) and Flash Glucose Monitors are helping people living with diabetes better manage their blood glucose. They do this by providing detailed information on blood glucose patterns and trends, by sending warnings when blood glucose values are trending dangerously high or low and by enabling caregivers or health care providers remotely to monitor blood glucose.
“Several studies have shown that Flash and Continuous Glucose monitors can prevent medical emergencies by helping people living with diabetes better manage their blood glucose, however these devices are still out of reach for most people due to costs, says Kimberley Hanson, Executive Director of Federal Affairs with Diabetes Canada. “We’re hoping our new education campaign will help policymakers understand the need to expand public coverage for these tools.”
Our already burdened health-care system has also experienced a greater challenge in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Governments need to understand the value of funding proven technologies that improve glycemic management, reduce the duration and incidence of hypoglycemia and enhance a person’s quality of life,” says Hanson.
The campaign includes a new video that aims to provide an evidence-informed overview of Flash and CGM. Individuals living with diabetes will also undertake an electronic letter writing campaign, urging elected officials to fund the devices. “We’re optimistic that when elected officials receive emails from their constituents this fall, they’ll see the need for and benefit of funding the full range of glucose monitoring systems,” says Hanson.
For those living with diabetes, the campaign is welcoming much-needed attention to addressing the current gaps in support.
“The CGM has saved me from going into a diabetic coma during my sleep on several occasions. By wearing a CGM, I’m always aware as to what’s happening with my body and it shows the direction of my glucose level, providing better control in situations of illness, fitness and meal planning,” says Karen Kemp, type 1 diabetes.
“My Flash glucose monitor has changed my type 1 diabetes life. I am in a full control of my disease, and by that I am adding more years to my life. It allowed me to go to an Extreme Adventure, climbing a mountain, which I couldn’t achieve without it since I was the oldest one who accomplished it,” says Sigal Matasaro.
Diabetes Canada will be meeting with elected officials in the coming weeks and months to discuss the latest campaign and ways to collaborate with partners to improve support and access.
More information about the campaign can be found by visiting the microsite.
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Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:
- Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
- Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
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