Levels can easily be read throughout the day by scanning a hand-held sensor over the patch.
The “flash monitoring” device eliminates the need for painful finger pricks and gives users more data to help them manage blood glucose.
With every scan, users get a current glucose reading, a trend arrow indicating whether their blood sugar level is rising or falling and a graph showing their levels over the last eight hours.
Vital The device can also provide an Ambulatory Glucose Profile – a snapshot of a user’s levels over a “typical” day, allowing them to identify times they are most at risk.
Despite its clear benefits, thousands of diabetes sufferers are being denied access to the life-saving technology via the National Health Service.
Individual clinical commissioning groups currently decide whether to provide the vital treatment – and many do not.
For example, the device is available to diabetics in Westminster and also in Sonning, the Berkshire village that is home to Theresa May and her husband Philip.
But it is not currently available in her Maidenhead constituency.
Experts have estimated that as many as 500,000 sufferers could benefit from the device.
However, recent NHS data showed that just one in fifty people eligible was actually receiving it.
The FreeStyle Libre also produces reports showing how glucose levels have varied over multiple days and records the number of “low glucose events”.
Each sensor can be worn for up to 14 days and allows monitoring to continue at times when people would not check their blood sugar, such as during the night.
Published at Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:49:00 +0000