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Fund The Life Changing Libre Sensor Diabetic Blood Glucose Monitoring System

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As a type 1 diabetic, I am actively and desperately seeking funding and help towards the Freestyle Libre monitoring system/sensors. In a sense, I am pleading and begging the Government, along with the suppliers and providers, Abbott, to at least consider, even partially funding the cost of purchasing sensors for diabetics in the UK. 

Let me explain a little about the FreeStyle Libre system. The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is designed to liberate patients from the hassles of glucose monitoring- as quoted by Abbott. The sensor automatically measures and continuously stores glucose readings day and night. The sensor updates the glucose results up to every minute and stores up to 8 hours of glucose readings. One single sensor, prvoiding it sticks and stays in position, can be worn for up to 14 days. 

It offers many benefits to diabetics who, without this life-changing technology, live their life's in fear every day whilst struggling to cope with diabetes and the complications faced by this disease.  For example, the sensors allow you to check glucose levels anytime,anywhere with painless scans, even through clothing.  It shows trends in data and offers a range of reports which can be shown to health care professionals in order to establish patterns in diabetic control. 

Furthermore, it can show the direction in which your blood glucose is going- rapidly falling/steadily increasing. For me, this is the life-saving and most important feature of the sensor monitoring. For someone like myself who has had several admissions to intensive care as a result of septicaemia, early indicatons of a rapid rise in blood glucose has most definitely prevented a further admission and saved my life. Thus reducing the dangers and complications, such as DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) of diabetes. 

In a nutshell, it is a potentially life-saving device which will benefit all diabetics greatly. Not only will it help the patient, but also greatly reduce the cost associated with ambulance call-outs, a&e visits and in-patient admission costs. It is far more financially beneficial to the NHS in the long run and is cost-effective for sensors as apposed to test strips. 

Overall, there is improved management of blood glucose levels and having self-funded the cost of sensors, I saw a huge improvement in my own. 

Having sold a lot of my personal belongings to raise funds, I have self-funded several sensors, which made a huge difference to my overall control if my diabetes. However, due to the cost, I am now finding it extremely difficult to pay for sensors which, quite possibly, could be life-saving and advantageous in many ways. 

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