New tech sees teens with diabetes improve glucose monitoring, but not control

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A world-first Otago study has revealed flash glucose monitors help youth with type 1 diabetes better monitor their blood sugar levels, however it does not improve glucose control.

A team of researchers co-led by Associate Professor Ben Wheeler and Dr. Sara Boucher from the University of Otago’s Department of Women and Children’s Health conducted a six-month trial among adolescents aged 13-20 years with a history of suboptimal glycaemic control.”For the first time we have run a large trial in this population of people, with potentially the most to gain from new diabetes therapies, but usually excluded from diabetes research,” says Associate Professor Wheeler.

Flash glucose monitoring, which was introduced in New Zealand in 2017, allows people to wear a small sensor just under the skin on their upper arm (replaced every 14 days) and use a separate handheld device to scan the sensor.

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