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Managing diabetes in a "flash"

Researcher profiles:
Associate Professor Ben Wheeler (PI)
Dr Sara Boucher
Andrew Gray
Dr Martin de Bock
Associate Professor Esko Wiltshire
Associate Professor Barbara Galland
Dr Paul Tomlinson
• Jenny Rayns
• Dr Karen Mackenzie

Randomised controlled trial of a novel glucose monitoring system among adolescents

This study is a randomised controlled trial of novel flash continuous glucose monitors (FreeStyle Libre) in a teenage population. The main objective is to determine whether adding this novel technology to usual care in adolescents (aged 13-20 years) with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes may lead to:
• improved glycaemic control;
• increased glucose monitoring behaviour; and/or
• improved quality of life in patients.

If the above improvements are found, this study will be the first step towards integrating flash continuous glucose monitors into regular diabetes care for adolescents. Ultimately this may reduce daily diabetes management burden and improve short-term and long-term health outcomes in this high risk group.

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