November 30, 2018
As it happens to one in ten Argentineans, the British Prime Minister suffers from diabetes. To keep it controlled, it always has a small white circle on its arm that serves measure glucose. How it works?
the British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived this Thursday to country. Although he got off the plane with a blazer, the first Englishman could have to leave his arms exposed this Friday, should the temperature rise. If it happens, the white button that so many questions generates could be exposed.
The patch of Theresa May is the size of a $ 2 coin, But its cost is very far from this value, since Each one of them together with the sensor exceeds $ 10,000. The British showed it to English television at the beginning of the year and many felt it could be very helpful to them. The device is used at the top of the arm and continuously controls glucose levels. The results can be read using a device that scans through clothing, which reduces the need for blood tests on the fingers.
FreeStyle Lliure is the first of its kind i It controls the glucose in the liquid between the cells through the filaments of the sensor that has the width of two hairs. The patches last two weeks and store up to eight hours of data, Showing them in a chart so that people can see if their blood sugar level is in an upward or downward trend. At the same time, thanks to these sensors, they can provide data to the application installed in the cell, to adjust their dose of insulin or food intake, as appropriate.
When asked about the button, May explained that "There are many occasions in which I am eating and talking in ceremonies, so it is a complication to control me. When I go to a debate or a conference, I have to make sure I have reviewed (the levels) and know where I am, to adjust to what is necessary".
It is important to keep in mind that Diabetes is considered a true epidemic and according to the results of the last National Survey of Risk Factors of the Ministry of Health of the Nation, 9.8% of those over the age of 18 presented diabetes or elevated glycaemia, What constitutes one number more than 3 million Argentineans. In extreme cases, the illness increases the chances of developing, among others, ocular conditions with risk of blindness, renal insufficiency, cardiovascular disease and problems in the lower limbs that may even reach amputation.
The glucose meters known as & # 39; Flash technology & # 39;, Like the one you use MayThey allow to reduce the daily sting and the tendencies of glucose behavior considerably. Adriana Angelina, President of the # 39; Asociación Civil de Diabetes Argentina (ADA)He assured that "To measure the glucose without puncture-improves in a strong way the quality of life of the patient, it changes completely. Maybe without diabetes it is difficult to understand the change, though Puncturing several times a day, every day, throughout your life is very difficult. Diabetes care today is not an option, but it is inadmissible that we take advantage of such significant advances that directly impact our quality of life".