In the UK, it is estimated that around 3.5 million people have diabetes and that a further 500,000 people are undiagnosed with condition, meaning there could be as many as 1 in 16 British people living with the illness.
Importance of Checking Blood Glucose Levels
Following diagnosis with diabetes, it is imperative that blood glucose levels are maintained within the target range in order to stay healthy and prevent side effects such as heart disease and stroke. This can be accomplished by systematically testing blood glucose levels with blood glucose testing strips and a home glucose monitoring system. However, a study by Diabetes UK proposes that access to crucial testing strips may soon be limited because of NHS budget restrictions in some postcodes.
A 2017 survey of 6000 people by Diabetes UK revealed that one in four people had criticized the restrictions being placed on prescribed testing strips at their local GP practice. Some patients stated that they have been instructed to test less frequently and that prescriptions were being reduced because of “budget constraints.”
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that patients with Type 1 Diabetes test their blood glucose a minimum of four times a day, and those with Type 2 Diabetes—whose condition can result in hypos if left unmonitored—may have to test every few hours to keep their condition well in control.
A lack of systematic self-monitoring raises the risk of diabetes-related complications and is adversely impacting people living with the condition. Diabetes UK reported that a lack of testing has made some people stop driving and exercising as they were hesitant over if they needed to adjust their insulin or not, meaning they avoided activities that may require them to use an injection.
If the rationing of testing strips by the NHS becomes more widespread, some people may decide to look for alternative suppliers. However, this presents a further worry over the quality of the strips that are marketed online from unfamiliar and potentially untrustworthy sources.
The Kinetik Wellbeing Diabetes range offers a solution to these problems. Kinetik’s blood glucose monitoring system is equipped with everything users need to test themselves anytime and anywhere, including testing strips and lancers to help users get started, and a trustworthy source of extra testing strips when they are needed.
This means that patients never have to be concerned about going untested as Kinetik’s competitively priced, superior-quality strips can be effortlessly ordered and delivered straight to their front door.
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