A device that allows reading values above the clothes is to be returned.
Authors Francisca Genésio – Correio da Manhã
It has the size of a 2-euro coin and is placed on the back of the arm – you can characterize the FreeStyle Libre glucose meter, which has changed the lives of diabetics around the world and that the Portuguese state will start to divide 85%.
The good news was provided by the National Drug Authority (Infarmed), after the government contracted with the company responsible for the production of the medical device. In total, there will be around 15,000 people with type 1 diabetes, which includes all children over four years of age who have this disease and will be covered by the measure.
"This new device allows continuous monitoring of the blood glucose level without any bites and readings even after clothes," he explained. CM coordinator of the Children and Youth Center Cuf Descobertas Hospital, Ana Serrão Neto.
The sensor allows uninterrupted storage of glucose values for two weeks – the duration of the sensor, according to the information. "Patients can also register foods that they eat, just like in the diary, which allows them to better characterize the glucose oscillation profile," says Ana Serrão Neto.
In Portugal, the device was launched about a year ago. The starter kit costs about 170 euros: it contains a reader and two sensors for the first month. Each sensor can then be bought for around 60 euros, and two months are needed per month. In this way, the blood glucose meter prevents diabetes getting stuck on average six times a day.
"I lost about 25 pounds in a month"
U Very Ruivo Dias was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 17. "The diagnosis was complicated because I did not know the characters, only when I lost about 25 kilos a month, I became vigilant," says a 30-year-old nutrition specialist.
Two years ago, he created the blog "DeVerasNutritivo", in which he promoted the demystification of some ideas about the disease, as well as sharing experiences. At present, Vera is using insulin therapy, but has some dietary restrictions. "I do not deprive myself of anything, but sometimes there must be control," he says.
Council of the week
For those who like sweet foods, there are several ways to replace the presence of sugar in cooking. According to dieters, fruits such as bananas, dates and spices, such as cinnamon, may be a good choice to replace, as well as herbs or nuts.
Chia seeds are also a great choice because they have a high fiber content, as well as healthy fats such as omega 3, calcium and antioxidants. Chia can be eaten in cocktails, juices, yoghurts, cereals, oats etc. It can also be added to the cooked one.
Alarm for carbohydrates and fat dosage
According to statistics, the number of children with diabetes is increasing over the years. In 2015, the National Diabetes Observer indicated 13.3 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants between the ages of 0 and 14. This year there were 3327 new cases in the population from 0 to 19 years.
Because diabetes is a chronic disease, care should be taken during meals, especially in children. "Consumption of carbohydrates [presentes no arroz e na massa, por exemplo] it has to be controlled, "said Ana Serrão Neto, stressing that" the nutrition of children should be very balanced and healthy, because too much fat should be avoided. "
Dietary restrictions may, however, be difficult to explain to children aged 4-5. "The success of therapy goes far towards family education and if compliance with a diet with limited sugar content is crucial, it is necessary to clarify the unconditional limitations of life," he says.
Patients lose eight years of age
According to data published by the Directorate-General for Health, patients suffering from diabetes lose an average of 8 years, according to the latest data from the Diabetes – Facts and Figures, 2016, more than one million Portuguese between the age of 20 and 79-year-olds are diabetic, and a quarter of people aged 60 to 79 are ill.