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Letters Flash glucose monitoring devices

Everyone with type 1 diabetes should have access to a flash glucose device

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 17 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5204
  1. Mary Charlton, specialty doctor in diabetes
  1. Diabetes Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK
  1. mcharlton{at}

Would you drive a car without a speedometer? With a fuel gauge visible only infrequently and after it had pricked you? That is what we expect of insulin users who monitor their diabetes with finger prick blood glucose testing.1 Alternatives such as the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system are now available but rationed by the NHS without regard to patient choice or common …

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