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Flash glucose monitoring improves understanding of Type 2 diabetes for Aboriginal people

17-11-2021 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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New technology, such as flash glucose monitoring, is being used by participants in the Winya Marang program – a program for Aboriginal people in Wellington, to break down barriers to managing diabetes.

The use of flash glucose monitoring, which replaces the traditional finger prick and blood test (lancets) for monitoring blood sugar levels, is a first for the program’s participants, as flash glucose monitoring is not subsidised under NDSS, for people with type 2 diabetes.

Alison Amor, Marathon Health Senior Diabetes Educator, says flash glucose monitoring is improving our understanding of the impacts that lifestyle choices have on blood sugar levels.

“This technology is really amazing in that it also helps people evaluate whether their current medication regime is safe and effective. It’s like learning to manage your diabetes in real time.

Anyone participating in the Winya Marang program is offered the opportunity to try flash glucose monitoring. Participants are lucky to have access to the technology for free – it typically costs about $100-$130 every two weeks,” Ms Amor said.

Flash glucose monitoring technology works by scanning a sensor on the participant’s arm with a mobile phone or compatible reader. This allows people to monitor blood glucose levels through the day, comparing with the previous eight hours. The tool also provides insight into how different factors can affect blood glucose levels, eg food choices, stress and activity levels.

The Elders group who are part of the Winya Marang program, say flash glucose monitoring is helping them to stay in control of their diabetes.

“Flash glucose monitoring is helping us take control of our diabetes for ourselves and our mob. We never want to go back to using lancets ever again.”

Winya Marang is a diabetes support program by Marathon Health, that supports Aboriginal families and groups in Wellington NSW to better understand diabetes and help break the intergenerational cycle of type 2 diabetes.

For more information, visit our Winya Marang page. This service is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

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