If you’re a diabetic, then you’re all-too familiar with the daily process of glucose testing with a finger prick but a new device called the FreeStyle Libre has now made that a thing of the past.
Usually diabetics use lancets, finger pricking and test strips to monitor their glucose levels but the FreeStyle Libre eliminates all of this.
Glucose data is gathered by wearing a small round sensor that’s the size of two stacked 20 cent coins on the back of your arm.
A handheld reader is then scanned over the sensor to obtain a quick and painless real-time glucose result in a second.
The reading also includes an eight-hour history with an arrow to indicate where the glucose level is heading.
The FreeStyle Libre system even allows glucose readings to be captured through clothes and without having to draw a single drop of blood.
The sensor has a water resistant design so it can be worn in the shower and while swimming and exercising.
“FreeStyle Libre represents a significant advance in the field of glucose monitoring,” said Prof. Stephen Twigg, Head of the Dept. of Endocrinology, RPA Hospital and Kellion Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Sydney.
“This technology offers a highly convenient and quite painless way to acquire more frequent glucose readings. It enables detailed, actionable glucose profiles that will support people with diabetes across their day, and also encourages a more productive discussion between the patient and their healthcare professional.”
The FreeStyle Libre gathers a AGP (Ambulatory Glucose Profile) report which provides a snapshot of the person’s day by utilising dense glucose data revealing hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic trends.
In Australia, diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic condition with 280 people developing diabetes every day at an annual cost of $14.6 billion.
There are 1.2 million Australian diabetics who’s daily routine includes checking their glucose level three to six times on average.
A recent survey of people with diabetes said their “ideal” glucose monitoring system would mean no longer having to prick their finger.
With the FreeStyle Libre, that’s now a reality.
KEY FEATURES OF ABBOTT′S FREESTYLE LIBRE FLASH GLUCOSE MONITORING SYSTEM
* No finger prick calibration
* Disposable, water-resistant sensor can be worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days
* The sensor automatically measures and continuously stores10 glucose in the interstitial fluid every minute through a small filament (5mm long, 0.4mm wide) that is inserted just under the skin and held in place with an adhesive pad
* Glucose readings can be taken as many times per day as needed or desired, with a painless one second scan1,2
* The reader holds up to 90 days of data, displayed in a user-friendly, visual snapshot of
glucose levels over time
* The AGP report provides detailed, actionable glucose profiles that will help both healthcare professionals and their patients to better manage diabetes.
The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System has already been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and is now available to purchase.
The FreeStyle Libre reader is priced at $95 while the FreeStyle Libre Sensor is available separately for $95.