Scottish Government to Increase Funding for Diabetes Equipment

In the news this week was a story that the Scottish Government is to increase funding for diabetes equipment.

The £10m funding is to be used to improve the management of type 1 diabetes and the priority is insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring equipment.

Shona Robison, the Health Secretary, said: “We know that insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring kits can make it much easier for some people to manage their type 1 diabetes.

“Proper control is absolutely key to improving outcomes and preventing complications from developing.

“This new investment will increase the provision of this equipment, meaning it’s available to many more people, and making it easier for them to lead healthy lives.”

Scotland has the third highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world. A major trial is currently taking place to try to prevent the development of the condition. Researchers have contacted 6,400 families in Scotland. They are inviting children who have a sibling or parent with type 1 diabetes to take a blood test to see if they are at risk of developing the condition.

If the blood test shows they are at risk, the researchers are offering them metformin – a drug usually used to treat type 2 – to see if this will keep it at bay.

 

 

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