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If you have type 1 diabetes and live in England and Wales you are entitled to flash glucose sensing on the NHS (also known by its brand name the Freestyle Libre).
National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance says that all children with type 1 should be offered flash. Everyone over four years old into adulthood should be offered a choice of flash or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Find out more about accessing CGM on the NHS.
However, your consultant or Diabetes Specialist Nurse will still need to make a clinical judgement which will take into consideration the recommendations by NICE and their professional opinion on whether it will help you.
If your clinic won’t offer you flash, talk with them. They might have a good reason for not recommending flash; they may think that continuous glucose monitoring is more suitable or have concerns about how you will feel having so much access to your glucose data.
Read our information on accessing CGM on the NHS in England and Wales.
Read our information on accessing flash on the NHS in England and Wales.
Anyone in Scotland with type 1 diabetes who uses multiple daily injections or a pump, and is actively engaged in managing their type 1, is eligible to access flash glucose monitors through the NHS. Read the full guidance.
Flash is widely available to adults and children in Northern Ireland and uptake is near 100%, so speak to your Diabetes Healthcare Team.
The Freestyle Libre 2 has more functions and improved accuracy compared to the original Libre. The original Libre is being phased out so new flash users are likely to start on the Libre 2.
Visit our flash glucose monitoring page to find out more.
One of our main goals at JDRF is to make sure that everyone with type 1 diabetes who wants or needs a flash glucose monitor is able to get one – for free. Read more about our treatment advocacy work and how you can support us.
In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you can get an insulin pump providing you meet certain criteria.
Learn more about how continuous glucose monitoring can help you manage your glucose levels in real-time.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends that CGM and flash should be offered to all people with type 1 diabetes.
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A smart insulin pen is a reusable self-injection pen, which records information about how much insulin you inject and the timing of it.
Blood glucose meters measure the amount of glucose in the blood. They are an important part of managing your blood glucose levels.
Continuous glucose monitoring can help you manage your glucose levels in real-time and relieve the burden of having to do multiple finger prick tests throughout the day.
A flash glucose monitor is a small wearable device that you scan with a reader or mobile phone to check your glucose levels.
Hybrid closed loop technology – also known as the artificial pancreas – automates many of the decisions that you have to make on a daily basis when you have type 1 diabetes.
Open source and DIY systems are sometimes used by people with type 1 diabetes or people caring for someone with type 1 to help manage the condition.
Apps can help you manage type 1 diabetes, from logging your insulin doses, glucose levels and the food you eat, to helping you count carbs and order prescriptions.