TAMWORTH’S Diabetes Centre has been given $5900 to purchase new equipment that will help improve patient treatment.
The Tamworth Diabetes Support Group handed over a cheque to the centre last week to buy two new continuous glucose monitoring sensors.
The sensors are worn continuously for six days at a time and give readings of glucose levels in the fluids surrounding cells in the tissues every five minutes.
Diabetes educator Phillipa Toohey said this provided information on the patterns and trends of the patient’s glucose levels over a longer period of time, allowing their treatment to be fine-tuned and better targeted.
She said studies had shown those with better blood glucose control suffered fewer long-term health complications.
For those who also have an insulin pump, the sensors can trigger alarms when glucose levels are dropping too low or climbing too high.
But the sensors do not replace the need for people with diabetes to do their usual blood glucose tests.
Ten-year-old Cameron Blundell was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of three and has a sensor that his family purchased about six months ago.
His mother Marcella said he had used it about three times and it had given them more peace of mind.
“It has given us more information to control his levels a bit better and given us the freedom to go to bed at night, knowing his pump will wake us up if his sugar levels go too low,” Mrs Blundell said.
Tamworth Diabetes Support Group publicity officer Jim Furze said they received a request to help fund the sensors and the money came from fundraising ventures the group held throughout the year.
The sensors will be available to people not able to purchase one themselves.