Earlier this month we acknowledged World Diabetes Day here at the Centre and its connection to an aspect of health we have a vested interest in: our eyes.. As we strive to raise awareness about diabetes, Kate – our Wellbeing Co-ordinator – shares her own experience with her recent Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis: “Receiving a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis was a seismic shift in my life. Overnight, every mouthful of food I ate and every step I took became intertwined with insulin calculations and blood sugar monitoring”.
With a diagnosis of diabetes taking care of your eyes is crucial; high blood sugar levels can lead to various eye complications which can result in some sight loss or blindness.
To maintain overall good health, we recommend the following:
- Regular eye exams
- Control blood sugar levels
- Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol
- Maintain a healthy and balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Stay hydrated
With this in mind we are highlighting the LibreLink app, which is designed to work with FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring systems. The app allows you to scan a sensor on your body using your smart phone, giving you instant access to your blood glucose levels without the need for traditional finger stick tests. The app tracks your glucose levels over time helping you to better manage the condition. It is customisable to allow audible alerts if glucose levels go out of range, text-to-speech (so low vision is not a barrier for using the app) and your medical professional has access to the results immediately.
For any of our members new to monitoring their blood glucose with the app our tech team are on hand to support you.
For more information about diabetes – including how to prevent and manage it – check out the Diabetes UK website: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/