Many patients with diabetes can find the disease quite burdensome as it requires a lot of time and attention to care for oneself.
Most diabetics are tasked with checking their blood sugar multiple times per day which can be costly and painful. Blood sugar checks often require a device called a glucose monitor, test strips, lancets, and also a lancing device
With the evolution of technology, advancements have been made in the management of diabetes. Recently the FDA approved the Freestyle Libre Flash Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, the first continuous glucose monitoring system that doesn’t require calibration.
How is your blood sugar level determined?
Users can determine blood sugar levels by waving a dedicated, mobile reader above the sensor wire to determine if glucose levels are too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).
What is the sensor?
The sensor is about the size of two stacked quarters and is inserted below the surface of the skin, on the back of the arm, to continuously measure and monitor blood sugar levels. The sensor can be scanned discreetly, even through clothing.
The sensor needs to be changed every 10 days, and is water-resistant so you can swim, shower or exercise with it!
When will the Freestyle Libre be available?
According to the manufacturer, Abbot Pharmaceuticals, the availability of the Freestyle Libre system is just a few more months away.
Are there any limitations to using the Freestyle Libre?
Yes, the following limitations include:
- It will not alarm you of low or high blood sugar readings unless you scan the sensor.
- The Freestyle Libre is only indicated in adults 18 years of age and older.
- The sensor can only be placed in the back of the arm
- Taking ascorbic acid (vitamin C) while wearing the sensor may falsely raise your blood sugar readings and taking salicylic acid (used in pain relievers) can slightly lower your blood sugar readings.
- It will not work with other brands of test strips or control solution.
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