Importance of finger prick tests in managing type 1 diabetes highlighted

Healthcare professionals are being reminded of the importance of finger prick glucose testing for people living with type 1 diabetes.


Safe care of people with type 1 diabetes

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The following points are being highlighted in this reminder to health professionals:

  • the requirements placed upon those with type 1 diabetes by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • the essential role of the test in helping those with type 1 to remain safe, and to cope with the demands of day-to-day life with diabetes

This reminder is an outcome of an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting with health minister Anna Soubry.

Diabetes UK and many others have expressed considerable concern that people with type 1 diabetes are not always being prescribed enough finger prick glucose testing strips to monitor their blood glucose. This means those affected cannot adjust their insulin during the day, or do safety checks.

Diabetic ketoacidosis (severe, life-threatening insulin lack) is on the increase and finger prick glucose testing strips are required if the development of this condition is to be identified at the earliest opportunity.

Published 8 February 2013