A new study suggests that Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre cuts the time spent in hypoglycaemia. The research, published in diabetes journal The Lancet, found that using Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system can reduce the time spent in hypoglycaemia by 38 per cent in adults with well-controlled type 1.
“The biggest issue day-to-day for patients is avoiding hypoglycaemia,” explains Dr Michael d'Emden, Director, Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. “Being more aware of how glucose levels are changing should enable patients to be more proactive at modifying their diet, exercise and insulin to minimise hypoglycaemia. This has been borne out with the results of the study, published in The Lancet.”
FACT FILE: FreeStyle Libre
What is it: A flash glucose monitor that continuously measures and stores your blood glucose levels via a sensor and reader, without the need for fingerprick testing. It has not yet been approved for use by people under the age of 18 in Australia.
How much is it: The reader carries a one-off cost of $95. The sensors are $95 each, and last for 14 days. The FreeStyle Libre is not subsidised by Medicare or the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Real-life read: “Why the Libre works for me.”
Type 1 fitness instructor and ocean canoeist Robyn Jane shares her thoughts about the FreeStyle Libre.
“Having the convenience of the FreeStyle Libre scanner has made tracking blood glucose trends, predicting and catching highs and lows early very easy,” says Robyn. “Overnight testing can be done so easily with no lights on or finger prick required. Using the scanner is discreet and takes about 3 seconds to use.
As an active person/elite athlete, having the FreeStyle Libre has made me feel so much more confident when training to have quick and immediate access to what my blood glucose levels are doing and be able to act quickly and continue with exercise.”