For anyone living with diabetes, “finger pricking” is an all-too-familiar term.
Until recently, the only way to determine your blood glucose level was to prick your finger and measure a small sample of blood. However, with the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitor from Abbott Diabetes Care, Canadians with diabetes now have a more convenient – and less painful – way to obtain their blood glucose reading.
No more finger pricking!
Finger pricking is dreaded by many diabetics; both painful and annoying, it also poses a risk of infection.
With the advent of the FreeStyle Libre, however, finger pricking has become a thing of the past. The Libre is the very first glucose monitoring device available in Canada that doesn’t require its users to use a finger-stick – not even for calibration.
Not only does the Libre measure your current blood sugar level, but it can also illustrate trends in your glucose levels, making it simple to identify potential areas of concern. The device can also store up to eight hours of blood sugar activity so you can easily obtain an overnight reading when you wake. These enhanced capabilities enable you to check your glucose measurements – including current levels and trend directions – and create a complete snapshot that’s essential for effective diabetes management.
A competitive edge for high performance athletes
The benefits of the FreeStyle Libre aren’t limited to Canadians living with diabetes. The device also offers potential rewards to those experiencing reactive hypoglycaemia or pre-diabetes, and even for endurance athletes looking to optimize their performance.
Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is important for sustaining your energy level and stamina over extended periods of time. With the Libre device, high performance athletes can more effectively monitor their nutrition during activity and avoid blood sugar crashes that can result in fatigue, cramping and dehydration.
How does it work?
The FreeStyle Libre system consists of a small sensor, roughly the size of a quarter, that is worn on the back of the arm for a period of up to 14 days. Similar to a continuous glucose monitor, it measures glucose data minute by minute. Using a special reader, users scan the patch with near-field communication (NFC) technology to get a glucose reading quickly, painlessly and as frequently as desired.
The Libre sensor can even read glucose levels through clothing, making testing even more convenient and discreet.
How can I try the FreeStyle Libre?
If you’d like to learn more about the new FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitor, or you’d like to try the device for yourself, speak to your physician. You can also connect with the Copeman team of diabetes professionals, who have extensive training with this new device. You can receive hands-on training and detailed follow-ups on how to interpret its reports and better manage your blood sugar levels.
The FreeStyle Libre website also provides excellent information and instructional videos on how to apply and download reader data. (www.myfreestyle.ca)