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Diabetes care: how a coin-sized device can monitor blood glucose levels continuously

Up to 3,000 people with learning disabilities are set to benefit from ‘life-changing’ glucose monitoring device

Up to 3,000 people with learning disabilities are set to benefit from ‘life-changing’ glucose monitoring device

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While the prevalence of diabetes in people with a learning disability is unknown, data indicates it is about 10% – nearly double the rate of the general population, according to Diabetes UK .

Having a learning disability can influence someone’s response to the condition, the charity adds. For example, they may have a significantly reduced ability to understand new or complex information or to learn new skills, alongside a reduced capability to cope independently.

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