Sick and tired of finger pricks? Your wishes may have finally been granted. A new device called the FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitoring System eliminates the need for routine finger pricks for people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
By introducing revolutionary new glucose-sensing technology, the system requires no finger pricks for calibration, instead reading through a painless sensor that can be worn on the back of the upper arm.
"The FreeStyle Libre System fulfills a major need for people living with diabetes," Robert Ford, senior vice president of Abbott Diabetes Care, said in a press release. "Our customers told us that the pain, inconvenience and indiscretion of finger pricking were the key reasons they weren't managing their diabetes as well as they should. Addressing these concerns has guided the development of FreeStyle Libre - a transformational product designed to not only remove the pain of finger pricking but also seamlessly integrate into their daily lives."
After receiving the CE Mark in early September, Abbott Laboratories' FreeStyle Libre System will be available in seven European countries beginning in the coming months. The Advanced Ambulatory Glucose Profile software provides data in a user-friendly, visual chart, allowing instant access for patients to have productive treatment discussions with their healthcare professionals.
For years, people with diabetes have had to prick their fingers regularly for proper glucose monitoring. Not only was this method painful and bothersome, it contributed to less frequent testing and subpar diabetes care. The FreeStyle system seeks to improve blood glucose management by creating a simple, pain-free and convenient form of treatment.
How It Works
Abbott's FreeStyle system consists of a small, round sensor worn on the back of the upper arm. Every minute, it measures glucose in interstitial fluid through a tiny filament that's inserted just under the skin and held in place with a small adhesive pad. To get a painless glucose result, a reader device that looks like a meter is passed over the sensor. It takes less than a second.
Besides the pain-free advantage, those fed up with traditional diabetes treatment testing methods will be happy to know that the scanning can take place while the sensor is underneath clothing, making testing both more convenient and discreet. Each scan displays a real-time glucose result as well as a historical trend and the direction the glucose is heading.
The reader's capacity offers up to 90 days of data, providing a snapshot of glucose levels during a three-month period.
A study conducted by Abbott has demonstrated that the FreeStyle Libre System is clinically proven to be accurate and consistent over the 14-day life of each disposable sensor, without the need for finger pricking.
Advantages of the Technology
Here are some of the takeaways of the new technology:
• No finger-prick calibration
• Painless one-second scan that provides a glucose reading, eight-hour history and direction glucose is heading
• Disposable, water-resistant sensor that can be worn for up to 14 days
• Glucose readings can be taken as many times per day as desired
• The data generated by the system provides actionable patterns to help people determine how to modify food and other behaviors to better manage their diabetes