NEWS FLASH EXTRA 2017 HYPOACTIVE NEWSLETTER

WORDS FROM HYPOACTIVE RIDER GAVIN WRIGHT

 

Hi Everyone,

Here's a very quick message. News came through yesterday that HypoActive thought important to share - and it came with a deadline sooner than the probable date of the next full-scale newsletter. Although our dedicated president Warwick Sickling did post something straight away on our fabulous Facebook group page, here's the low-down for anyone who hasn't seen it.

It's not often people living with type 1 diabetes get a very real opportunity to influence change in the treatments available to them. Over the last few years we have seen some marvellous tools emerge for making a big difference in the ease and accuracy of management of type 1. But they have all come with a cost. There are a lot of people out there working very hard to ease the burden of that cost for type 1's and make these tools more accessible, but it is slow and difficult work. We recently had a great victory in getting subsidised continuous monitoring systems (CGMS) made available to young type 1's, but now our government is considering helping people 18 and over with the cost of the relative newcomer on the block, the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System.

Take the survey now.

I would very strongly urge you to support any subsidy for better management for type 1 diabetes. This survey is very quick and easy, but is only open until 17th July. That's only a couple of weeks.

When you do the survey, you will be asked to give comments with the following guidelines:

  • How does this condition/disease affect quality of life?
  • What would you most like to see from this product? Improved diabetes management? Other benefits?
  • If you have used or recommended the product, what was your experience of the beneficial effects?
  • If you have used or recommended the product, what negative effects did you experience or observe?
  • If you haven't used the product yet, what are your expectations of it?
  • If you use other currently available therapies to manage your condition (or for health professionals, for your patient’s condition),
  • what are the benefits and/or the challenges?

When thinking about your response, you might like to consider such things as:

  • Has this system enabled you to avoid hypos?
  • Have the graph and the arrows given you a far better picture of where you are and enabled you to give more accurate doses of insulin?
  • How has it felt to stop finger-pricking?
  • Has your quality of life improved?
  • Has this new system had an effect on those around you, those who care?
  • How has it made you feel?
  • If you've simply felt it was yet another hi-tech management system that you couldn't afford, just say so.

Please take a minute to respond and help type 1's all over Australia: Here is the survey.

 
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Real-world data from more than 50,000 people show that higher rates of scanning with the FreeStyle Libre system were found to be strongly associated with improved glucose control. MORE SCANNING: Users checked their glucose levels an average of 16.3 scans per day. As scan rates increased, the following trends were observed: IMPROVED HbA1c: Average glucose level decreased as scan rate increased with estimated HbA1c decreasing from 8.0 to 6.7 percent. REDUCTION IN HYPOGLYCAEMIA: Time spent below glucose levels of 3.9, 3.1 and 2.5 mmol/L decreased by 15 percent, 40 percent and 49 percent. REDUCTION IN HYPERGLYCAEMIA: Time above 10 mmol/L decreased from 10.4 to 5.7 hours per day. INCREASED TIME IN RANGE: Time in glucose range (3.9-10 mmol/L) increased from 12.0 to 16.8 hours per day. Order your FreeStyle Libre today at www.FreeStyleLibre.com.au!

The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a glucose monitoring device indicated for detecting trends and tracking patterns in persons (aged 18 and older) with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Health care professionals and consumers should be aware about the limitations of available scientific evidence for use of this device in any other groups of patients who require diabetes management. † Data on file. Dunn T, Xu Y, Hayter G; Evidence of a Strong Association Between Frequency of Flash Glucose Monitoring and Glucose Control Measures During Real-World Usage. All work was funded by and the authors are employees of Abbott Diabetes Care. Ask your healthcare professional how a FreeStyle glucose meter may assist you. Always read the label and use only as directed. FreeStyle and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions.

 

 

That's all for now.

All the best,

Gavin