BG readings without finger pricks?

By Type1Lou Latest Reply 2014-10-28 13:28:17 -0500
Started 2014-10-24 18:12:03 -0500

The Diabetes Hand Foundation featured this article about the new Abbott Libre system that enables us to get BG readings without pricking out fingers. It is available in Europe but not in the US or Canada. Interesting technology to look forward to! Here's the link to the article:

21 replies

T1sinansmom 2014-10-27 20:40:16 -0500 Report

We have just put the free style libre on my 8 yr old son who has t1 since 2011. We love it and I cross check with the blood test and it is accurate,
So I totally recommend it.
After over 5000 finger pricks, he is so relieved!
You can also do ketone tests with the same reader.
We got it in London and the sensor is waterproof !
Great for children.

grannyvalorie 2014-10-27 03:29:24 -0500 Report

I definitely want one…when is coming to the U.S.?

Type1Lou 2014-10-27 10:18:58 -0500 Report

We'd all like to know the answer to that question. It'll depend upon if and when it is submitted to the US authorities for approval and how long that process takes.

vensa 2014-10-26 15:35:50 -0500 Report

From what I've read so far, it could be way too expensive. Approx $2000/- for the reader and full year stock of sensors. Also abbot suggests to have your finger pricked thru regular gluco meters, as this is still new and doesn't completely replace the existing methods of monitoring. Also it is for adults of 18+. Otherwise promising though, a new technology and could help many who need such device. I'd like to support such innovations so that living with diabetes turns out to be a little easier.

LRD 2014-10-25 10:54:23 -0500 Report

What do the experts think of this new invention? It sounds good to me. I do not get my A1c1 checked but every 6 months. I do not know if that is a good idea. Linda

GabbyPA 2014-10-25 06:00:25 -0500 Report

I had posted on this a while back and got all excited about it too. I would love to not have to ruin my fingers any more. It also is a bummer that the UK gets it first. I can't wait until it gets here.

Type1Lou 2014-10-25 08:40:23 -0500 Report

I was wondering if I had missed it previously but when I went to your post this morning, saw that I had commented on it… my memory may not be what it used to be! It is an exciting development that may cost less than the current CGM's available but will it cost less than the current meter/test strip usage?

GabbyPA 2014-10-26 02:36:41 -0500 Report

LOL, that is how it goes as we age. I know what you mean.

They say it will be more than a meter, but with the continued use of strips (though that would not be 100% eliminated either) I just like the idea of saving my fingers.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-24 21:07:11 -0500 Report

I read this earlier this month in a European Newspaper and thought no way would I do this. I don't have to test everyday so it would not be good for me.

Type1Lou 2014-10-25 09:11:32 -0500 Report

Not all technological advances are for everyone. I'm happy that you don't need to test the 8 times daily that I do to maintain control. For those of us who do test frequently it appears to be an attractive alternative.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-25 14:19:44 -0500 Report

I think it is a good idea, however I always want to know the pros and cons before blindly jumping on the bandwagon.

Glucerna 2014-10-24 18:23:10 -0500 Report

Wow - what a game changer! It will be interesting to see how this system works in Europe. ~Lynn @Glucerna