A NEW family-friendly guide to type 1 diabetes technology is available from today.
Different types of insulin pumps, flash glucose monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring; the technology options available to help people manage their type 1 diabetes day-to-day can certainly be confusing at times. This is especially true for those coping with a recent diagnosis.
Entitled “Type 1 Technology: A guide for young people and families”, the guide aims to help families when they are talking to healthcare professionals about the technology on offer to them.
The guide has been jointly produced by type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, Diabetes UK and INPUT Patient Advocacy, with input from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It highlights new recommendations from NICE on treatments and technology for children and young people with type 1 diabetes. It also gives an update on some technologies that NICE hasn’t made recommendations on.
The recommendations from NICE include aiming for tighter blood glucose control to improve the management of type 1 diabetes amongst children and young people. The recommendations should also improve access to continuous glucose monitors (CGM) and insulin pumps.
A National Diabetes Audit from 2013-14 found that 26,500 children and young people live with type 1 diabetes in the UK, with the number of people in total living with types 1 and 2 diabetes all together standing at more than three million.
Sarah Johnson, Director of Policy and Communications at type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, said:
“We know from our supporters that it can be confusing at times when seeing what technology is out there for people who live with type 1 diabetes, especially for children and young people. This new family-friendly guide will make life easier for young people who live with type 1 diabetes or their family in assessing what options are there to help them manage their condition.”
To read Type 1 Technology click here.
INPUT is the charity supporting patients’ access to diabetes education and technology, for more information and assistance. www.inputdiabetes.org.uk [or 0800 228 9977 (answerphone) if you do not have Internet access].
JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until we find the cure. We fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes including a major initiative to speed up the artificial pancreas, a technology that could revolutionise treatment of type 1 diabetes. www.jdrf.org.uk.
Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. www.diabetes.org.uk
NICE stands for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. NICE is an independent organisation, set up by the Government in 1999. They make recommendations about how to best treat different health conditions, including diabetes. Their recommendations on diabetes are written by doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and by people who have diabetes or care for someone with diabetes. www.nice.org.uk/