Blood sugar monitoring by new device, freeStyle libre reduces diabetes complications, reports audit
The FreeStyle Libre is more affordable than continuous glucose monitors(CGM) and it provides ‘flash glucose monitoring’ with glucose readings provided by scanning a sensor rather than pricking the finger.
Blood sugar monitoring is an integral part of Diabetes management. The conventional methods of testing and monitoring at times dissuade a patient because of the nature of the disease being chronic and therefore requiring frequent testing at intervals. The convenience in usage increases the compliance as has been found in the new monitoring system.
During the study, the researchers collected data from 4,709 people with type 1 diabetes and followed up on 1,299 of this group, comparing health data in the year before initiation of the FreeStyle Libre with the results six months on from using the device.
A total of 79% participants said time in hypoglycemia went down with the use of the device, while 31% said the frequency of hypoglycemias was reduced and 39% had less nocturnal hypoglycemias.
Additionally, 9% of the participants reported a reversal of hypoglycemia unawareness, and there was a significant improvement in the gold score, which is a measurement of awareness of blood sugar levels falling. There was also a major improvement in the Diabetes Distress Score, a diabetes-related emotional score.
The experts feel that by using the device an increased number of those with type 1 diabetes are more likely to successfully achieve glycaemic control and avoid diabetes-related complications in the longer term."The Libre, developed by Abbott, will soon be available freely for the end users.