Have you heard the buzz about the FreeStyle Libre? Finger pricks (and the inaccuracy of these) remains one of the biggest issues facing many of us with diabetes. I know as someone who has had type 1 diabetes for 37 years and lives with gastroparesis, my diabetes is a tricky beast and it is not unheard of for me to do more than 20 blood checks per day on some days. Some evenings I am checking quite often to see the trends – are my levels crashing, rising rapidly or sitting nicely? You may have the same deal. A finger prick is one moment in time. It does not tell you what may happen in 20 or 30 minutes, or even an hour, unless you check again, and that means a lot of pricks! Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is no longer new, although it is not widespread in Australia, probably due to costs. We need to deal with this. When I went onto an insulin pump the consumables were not covered by the National Diabetes Services Scheme here in Australia (NDSS) but we fought and won. Although not cheap to run, at least a pump is now more affordable than it used to be. All the emerging technologies should be affordable for people with diabetes to access.
The latest product to hit our shores is the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System. Unlike the CGM’s, this is not connected to an insulin pump and is a flash glucose monitoring system. It runs as a stand alone system. A sensor is inserted into the back of the upper arm which lasts for 2 weeks. The reader then scans this at any time you want to check your levels, with no need for calibration with a finger prick. However like in all circumstances, you should check with a finger prick if you are very high, low or trending up or down rapidly.
I am lucky to be given one to road test and will be sharing with you over coming weeks. I have just inserted it today and can say that it was easy and pain free. An hour later I feel a slight sensation of something in my arm, but it is not hurting.
Follow along with the blog and social media to keep an eye on my progress and review.
You can go here to add your name to the waiting list for release in Australia which is expected in about 4 weeks – late May 2016. Head here for videos and I will be making some of my own for you with the review.
Let me know if you have questions – the price has not been released yet