Continuous glucose monitors should be subsidised for all people with type 1 diabetes

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Continuous glucose monitors are vital for all people living with type 1 diabetes. This is an autoimmune disease where the cells in the pancreas are attacked by the immune system and no longer produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes accounts for around 10% of diabetes and is NOT caused by lifestyle factors. Continuous glucose monitors can prevent hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, hospital visits and also long term complications including renal failure, blindness and limb amputations which ultimately cost the government more in the long run. Many people with type one diabetes are hypo unaware which means they don’t feel when their blood sugars are dangerously low. This can ultimately lead to a coma and even death and often this occurs at night. Increased blood glucose levels can become dangerous very quickly especially with sickness  and can cause ketoacidosis which can cause coma or even death. At the moment cgms aren’t subsidised at all for most people living with type 1 diabetes which can cost up to $7000 a year.

I have type 1 diabetes since around a year and a half ago. I am lucky enough to have a cgm which has saved me so many times from having severe hypos. I am what is known as hypo unaware especially at night. I’ve had lows of 2.3 (normal is above 4) without feeling anything or waking up. My insulin dosing is quite complex and dependant on so many factors such as exercise, hormones, temperature, protein and fat consumption, stress and sickness just to name a few. It’s not just how many carbs I eat equals how much insulin I need. I am also extremely insulin sensitive. This makes calculating my insulin dose each time I eat an estimated guess and getting it wrong can ultimately be deadly. Luckily my cgm alarms my phone when my blood glucose drops and I was able to treat the low blood glucose by quickly consuming carbohydrates. Without my cgm I may have gone into a coma or even died. This is unfortunately not a rare consequence. I am also able to work normally without worrying about when I will be able to eat next or having to stop to do blood glucose checks 8-10 times a day. Please sign the petition to help myself and all others with type 1 have access to this technology. At the moment the availability is very restricted.