New scanning technology set to provide relief for Kiwi diabetics

A new wireless glucose reading device became available in New Zealand this week which has excited doctors and diabetes sufferers.  

But the ongoing cost for the wireless tool could be too much for many people. Source: 1 NEWS

The user simply needs to pass a reader over a sensor attached to their arm and their blood sugar level reading will show up - the scanner also provides an eight hour history of sugar levels. 

The traditional method is a prick of the finger, which the sufferer might have to do up to 10 times a day and can lead to painful, calloused fingers.

Diabetes New Zealand President and sufferer Deborah Connor says it really appeals. 

"It's the convenience factor more than anything else, and the saving of the fingers," Ms Smith said. 

Endocrinologist Associate Professor Jeremy Krebs says they are all very excited about the technology. 

"It is going to make a big difference for many people with diabetes to help them manage their condition better," Mr Krebs said. 

The technology is expensive however, and Mr Krebs says the device holds the risk of "creating an inequity for those who can't afford it". 

The wireless reader costs $97.95 and the sensor which the reader waves over are the same price and only last 14 days. 

Pharmac fully funded the old finger-prick method and there are calls for this latest technology to be funded also.