Well, it’s poll results time again chaps. This month your soaraway Shoot Up asked why should the NHS pay for CGMS for diabetics? For the acronymically-challenged among you, CGMS stands for Continuous Glucose Monitoring System and is a device which checks your blood glucose every five minutes or so and beams the results back to a receiver – resulting in tonnes of useful statistics to help improve your control.
Anyway, getting the NHS to fund a CGMS and its necessary consumables is nigh-on impossible even though they have been proven to help diabetic control; so we wanted to know why the cash-strapped NHS should fork out for your CGMS.
The top answer was simply so you could improve the general quality of day to day life (42%) as CGMS can alarm if you go to high or too low – useful if your hypo symptoms aren’t so good. They can also be used to see exactly how certain foods effect your BG, allowing you to compensate better for them in future. Lovely!
23% voted that the NHS should cough up just ’cause we’re worth it – a great argument if ever there was one. A sizeable 16% want a CGMS because of an inherent lust for shiny technology, which is – after all – one of the few benefits of diabetes. I love shiny gadgets!
15% of voters wanted CGMS to prevent incapacitation through nephro/retinopathy, which is fair enough – that why we all bother looking after our diabetes and CGMS makes this easier to do. And finally, 4% wanted to finger prick less frequently. This was, of course, the trick answer as you still need to finger prick with CGMS so you can calibrate the system. So there
Anyway, this month we’re asking when you think the holy grail of diabetes research (aside from a complete cure, of course) of a closed loop system will be made available to the great unwashed. Closed loop systems are ones in which a super-accurate CGMS is combined with an insulin pump to automatically adjust your blood glucose levels on the fly. It would be pretty damned wonderful, but will we see it in our lifetimes? Give us your vote below on the right!
Those results in full:
- Improve general quality of day to day life (42%)
- Just ’cause we’re worth it (23%)
- Shiny gadgets are cool (16%)
- Prevent incapacitation through nephro/retinopathy (15%)
- Save us having to finger prick so much (4%)