Helthcare & Wellness

Feb 1, 2018

NON-INVASIVE

FreeStyle Libre Flash is the first non-invasive device for a complete analysis of the adult sugar levels for diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. This sensor was designed to be applied autonomously, at home, by the patient, providing a better quality of life and a greater control of blood glucose levels.

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By SARA LOUP

Created by Abbott Laboratories, the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is the first device that allows continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels.

It is a small circular plastic sensor with 35mm x 5mm and 5 grams of weight, placed on the surface of the skin of the arm using a kind of a rubber stamp. It works through a small wire placed underneath the sensor and into the skin that looks at blood sugar levels without having to resort to needles.

Its system allows the analysis to describe the state of blood sugar levels at present within the last eight hours and indicates the trend, increasing or decreasing, of glucose levels up to 14 days. This analysis is performed through a mobile device, the FreeStyle Libre Reader that, when shaken by the sensor, displays through a graph diagram the glucose data collected up to 90 days. Each sensor and data reader cost 92 dollars, each.

The FreeStyle Libre sensor is disposable and has a durability of 14 days. When necessary, you can take it off and re-apply a new one.

One of the device's features allows you to calculate and suggest a dose of insulin at mealtimes. This will work only when using a blood glucose meter that should be activated by a healthcare professional. It's important to say that this device is not an insulin pump.

According to Donald St. Pierre of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a statement to Business Insider, "this system allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes - with a wave of the mobile reader". So, the main goal of this device is to make life easier for patients with diabetes as it allows for a continuous, faster and more effective check of blood sugar levels, causing even less discomfort than the sting. The sensor allows to understand when the patient is in a case of hyperglycemia, which is having a high blood sugar level or, on the contrary, in a situation of hypoglycemia, when the sugar levels are lowering, allowing the control and the prevention of some crisis situations.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) diabetes is getting epidemical on a global scale that tends to grow. At 2014, the number of adult diabetics was about 8.5% of the world's population. Diabetes is a chronic disease that results from the fact that pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to hold blood glucose, to help sugar enter the body cells or because the insulin that is produced does not work properly.

Although there is already a similar system of needle-free and complete monitoring of blood sugar levels, the FreeStyle Pro, is still dependent on medical monitoring, not being so practical for the patients to use. The updates created on this model gave rise to the FreeStyle Libre Flash, which, due to its easy application, with the easy use and complete analysis of the values ​​of blood glucose, provide a better quality of life for patients with diabetes. That's the reason why, Jared Watkin, senior vice-president of diabetes care at Abbott, says there is "something here that is revolutionary in this space".

The system is available in about 40 countries worldwide and for adults suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Abbott plans to expand the sale of the device to children under the age of eighteen.

Contacts * www.abbott.com * 100 Abbott Park Road Abbott Park, Illinois 60064-3500 * Tel: (224) 667-6100

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