Diabetes distress reduced with use of flash glucose monitoring, research finds
People with type 1 diabetes using the FreeStyle Libre system experienced a significant reduction in diabetes distress, a new study has found.
A team led by Dr Harshal Deshmukh, from Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, used data from the nationwide audit of FreeStyle Libre, which was conducted by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD).
Using data from just over 9,000 patients (96.6% living with type 1) before they began using FreeStyle Libre, the team compared the findings after seven months for 3,312 of these patients.
The study, which has been published in the latest issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, found that with the use of the FreeStyle Libre, moderate to severe distress reduced from 50% to 26%.
Dr Deshmukh said: “This is the largest UK study looking at factors associated with diabetes distress scores in people with Type 1, before and after the use of FreeStyle Libre. The use of flash glucose monitoring was associated with an improvement in diabetes-related distress. Engagement with technology is an empowering way for people living with diabetes to self-manage their condition effectively – with both physical and psychological benefits.”
Researchers collected data on HbA1c values, Gold score, the number of scans per day with the FreeStyle Libre system, and diabetes-related distress scores. The two-item diabetes distress instrument was used to assess patients’ feelings of being overwhelmed by the demands of living with diabetes.
They found the reduction in diabetes stress was associated with lower HbA1c and lower Gold score at follow-up.