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Skiers with diabetes warned
Saturday April 18, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

New research indicates a diabetes monitor or insulin pump can alter the signal of an avalanche transceiver. People are advised to keep the devices as far apart as possible.

The research has been carried out by a team in New Zealand.

It is already known that mobile phones and other electronic devices affect the accuracy of the signal of an avalanche transceiver.

People with Type 1 diabetes need to continually check they have the correct  balance of insulin and glucose in their blood.

Implanted insulin pumps and glucose monitors can wirelessly transmit the relevant information though it appears there is a downside if the person is an off piste skier or snowboarder.

"The potential for interference between a diabetes device and an avalanche beacon in search mode is increased if both devices are held in close proximity and reduced if they are separated," said Dr Steven Miller, a researcher at North Shore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

Researchers therefore advise to keep the life-saving devices as far apart as possible.

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