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Monitoring of blood glucose levels, ketones and insulin bolus advice using 4SURE products and app-based technology

13 January 2022
11 min read
Volume 31 · Issue 1

Abstract

With more people being diagnosed with diabetes and requiring insulin therapy as they live longer, an increasing number of individuals are needing access to blood and ketone monitoring that is simple to use and provides accurate results. Having access to a bolus advisor is equally important in order for people with diabetes to calculate accurate insulin doses based on the foods that they are eating. The use of app-based technology for healthcare purposes has increased over recent years and now includes the Diabetes:M application that can be used in conjunction with the 4SURE smart meters with no additional cost to the individual.

Diabetes is a condition where a person's blood glucose levels are too high. It can occur when not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced is not utilised effectively (ie type 2 diabetes) or when the body cannot produce any insulin at all (ie type 1 diabetes) (Diabetes UK, 2021a). There are currently 4.7 million people in the UK who have been diagnosed with diabetes and this figure is predicted to rise to 5.5 million by 2030 (Diabetes UK, 2021b). Approximately 90% of these individuals have type 2 diabetes, 8% have type 1 diabetes and 2% have rarer types of diabetes (such as monogenic diabetes) (Diabetes UK, 2021b). Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes found in children. More recent research, however, has shown that 42% of new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes occurs after age 30 years (Thomas et al, 2018).

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