In late-September 2017, the FDA approved a new glucose monitor that checks blood sugar levels without collecting blood from a finger prick. The FreeStyle Libre Flash has a sensor that attaches to the back of the arm. The monitor collects a blood sugar reading when it’s waved over that sensor.
Diabetes is a disease seen in millions of adults and children. It’s caused when blood sugar levels become too high. The body stops producing enough insulin to process glucose within the bloodstream, so levels climb to dangerous levels. Left unmonitored or untreated, diabetes increases a person’s risk of heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, stroke, or vision loss.
It’s important for a person with diabetes to regularly check blood sugar levels. If they’re too high or low, insulin or glucose tablets may be necessary to adjust them. To do that, a glucose monitoring system is necessary. That’s where a system like the FreeStyle Libre becomes necessary.
Benefits of the New Glucose Monitoring System.
One of the biggest benefits is that there is little need to prick the finger. While it’s an important test, some people with diabetes struggle with the finger pricks and blood collection. The only time users need to do a finger prick is if the reading doesn’t seem to match how a person feels. A finger prick is then used to verify readings and make sure they’re accurate.
The device shows the past eight hours of glucose levels when you run a scan. There’s a clear arrow chart to show if there have been spikes or drops. This enables the user to adjust insulin and diet accordingly. The information is stored for a full 90 days.
The sensor is painless to insert and is no larger than two quarters stacked on each other. When the user scans the sensor, they don’t have to remove clothing. The sensor transmits readings through layers of clothes.
The sensor and scanner unit continuously monitor glucose. For seniors that have a hard time remembering to regularly check their blood sugar levels, the device eliminates the need to remember.
Getting Additional Help Managing Diabetes.
For seniors who struggle with diabetes care, caregivers are of great importance. Caregivers help with diet and exercise. They can make sure the senior in their care eats regularly and chooses healthier food items. Learn more about the benefits of having a caregiver by calling a home care agency now.
If you or an aging loved one needs caregiver services in Granite Bay, CA, remember Senior Home Care Services. Call us at (916) 514-7006 for more information.