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Biosensors 2018, 8(2), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/bios8020043

Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Resource-Constrained Settings for Hypoglycaemia Detection: Looking at the Problem from the Other Side of the Coin

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Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça (CISM), CP1929 Maputo, Mozambique
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ISGlobal, Hospital Clínic—Universitat de Barcelona, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
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Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Pg. Lluís Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Pediatrics Department, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu (University of Barcelona), 08950 Barcelona, Spain
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Received: 13 February 2018 / Revised: 22 April 2018 / Accepted: 23 April 2018 / Published: 25 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Continuous Glucose Monitoring)
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The appearance, over a decade ago, of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices has triggered a patient-centred revolution in the control and management of diabetes mellitus and other metabolic conditions, improving the patient’s glycaemic control and quality of life. Such devices, the use of which remains typically restricted to high-income countries on account of their elevated costs, at present show very limited implantation in resource-constrained settings, where many other urgent health priorities beyond diabetes prevention and management still need to be resolved. In this commentary, we argue that such devices could have an additional utility in low-income settings, whereby they could be selectively used among severely ill children admitted to hospital for closer monitoring of paediatric hypoglycaemia, a life-threatening condition often complicating severe cases of malaria, malnutrition, and other common paediatric conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: continuous glucose monitoring; hypoglycaemia; low-income countries continuous glucose monitoring; hypoglycaemia; low-income countries
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Bila, R.; Varo, R.; Madrid, L.; Sitoe, A.; Bassat, Q. Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Resource-Constrained Settings for Hypoglycaemia Detection: Looking at the Problem from the Other Side of the Coin. Biosensors 2018, 8, 43.

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