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Current Situation

For a person living with Type 1 diabetes, both high and low blood glucose (sugar) levels are dangerous.

Blood glucose levels that are dangerously low can result in seizures and coma, these episodes can often go undetected overnight.  Blood glucose levels that are too high can result in organ damage, frequent hospitalisation and can shorten life expectancy.

Individuals of all ages living with Type 1 diabetes are required to finger prick to measure their blood glucose levels numerous times throughout the day and night.

There is technology available worldwide and in Aotearoa, New Zealand called Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM).  This device measures blood glucose levels 24 hours a day through a sensor that sits under the skin and transmits results to a wearable device or phone.

It will alarm when a blood glucose level goes dangerously low or high.

Individuals or their parents, caregivers, partners and whanau are able to follow their blood glucose level 24/7 enabling them to make adjustments to physical activity, food intake or insulin levels quickly to prevent high or low blood glucose episodes.

In Aotearoa, New Zealand CGM technology comes at a cost of  $4500 per year.  This means thousands of Kiwis and their Whanau living with Type 1 diabetes are unable to afford this life-saving device.

CGM technology has been proven to save lives and improve long-term health outcomes and are funded in countries around the world, including Australia and the UK.

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