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Children who constantly get their fingers pierced for glucose measurement want sensor support

Absolute in the body insulin It is not enough to give insulin from outside to control blood sugar in Type-1 diabetes (diabetes that occurs due to the absolute deficiency of the insulin hormone), and the sugar level must be measured continuously. However, by piercing the fingertips at least 8 times a day measurement pediatric patients who have to do this are both painful and afraid during this procedure.

With this life-long measurement, families asked for continuous glucose measurement sensors to be included in the state payment for children who could be seen in cases such as infection risk, callus and nerve loss in their fingers.


Çukurova University (CU) Faculty of Medicine Balcalı Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Fatih Gürbüz explained the importance of this device for monitoring sugar levels, which are vital for children.

Stating that families whose economic conditions do not allow them cannot access these sensors, Assoc. Dr. Fatih Gürbüz stated that the monthly cost of the sensors is between 900 and 1500 TL on average. Noting that thanks to these sensors, children have the opportunity to measure their glucose levels without piercing their fingers, Gürbüz said, “Unfortunately, under the current conditions, there is no reimbursement. Only the strips that measure the glucose in the blood are paid for the repayment of the Ministry of Health. 10 measurements can be made with them daily,” he said.


Noting that the blood sugar of children can decrease while sleeping at night, Assoc. Dr. Robust, real by taking 3-5 measurements a day blood sugar He said it was difficult to notice his condition.

Pointing out that this is of vital importance for the child, Assoc. Dr. Gürbüz said, “If there are new devices that can be attached to the body on the child, it warns the family when the blood sugar drops or rises by giving an alarm to the cell phone. Thus, it protects the child from low blood sugar, which we call hypoglycemia. It can measure 300 times a day, even every 5 minutes. “The patient’s condition can be monitored every hour and we can better control the blood sugar of the child,” he said.


The sons of Zehra-Uğur Sazil couple named Haktan (12) and Atakan (7) Type 1 diabetes struggling with disease. Haktan Sazil, who learned that he had the same disease a few months ago after his brother, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes 2 years ago, and whose fingertips were damaged already, stated that his fingers were very painful during the measurement and he wanted to use the sensor device.

Uğur Sazil said, “Children have 6 measurements before and after every meal daily, and 2 measurements at 24.00 and 03.00 at night. Except for 8 measurements, this number reaches 12 when they do not feel well. Their fingers are pierced and they suffer. Children with sensor devices. “He is exposed to neither blood nor needles. We want our state to be included in the scope of SGK.”

Both her mother and daughter are struggling with the disease

Ayşegül Dürgen (12), who has been suffering from Type-1 diabetes for 4 years, stated that she was hurt while measuring, her fingertips were injured, and she had difficulties when she had to repeat the measurement.

Mother Feride Dürgen, who also has this disease, said, “If our state pays for our sensor, all our children will have this and we will be able to raise much healthier generations.”

Gülyaz Kılıçlı, who said that her son Bilal (10), who has had this disease for 4 years, wanted to use sensors, said:

“We cannot afford the monthly cost because it is very expensive. Diabetes is a chronic disease, not 1 year, not 2 years. If our state makes this device free, the lives of our children will also be saved, and their fingers will be saved.”

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