No More Finger Pricks: New Technology Is Changing Diabetes Care
Those living with diabetes know the ongoing discomfort of keeping blood sugar levels in check. They may have to prick their fingers anywhere from one to seven times a day in order to monitor blood sugar. But thanks to ever-evolving medical technology, there’s now a new, less painful way to get the same information.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first at-home, needleless system to help diabetics continuously monitor blood glucose. The system, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and called FreeStyle Libre Flash, allows users to eliminate finger pricks for up to 10 days at a time. It uses a small sensor wire inserted below the skin’s surface that continuously measures and monitors glucose levels. After applying the sensor, the person is able to monitor glucose levels by waving a small mobile device in front of the sensor. The device tracks blood sugar over time for more than a week. The user then slowly peels the sensor off and applies a new one.
In late February, European manufacturer Medtronic received FDA approval for an arm indication for the Guardian™ Sensor 3, a continuous glucose monitoring sensor for those with type 1 diabetes. The Guardian Sensor 3 enables users to use the MiniMed 670G system to automatically adjust basal insulin delivery every five minutes based on real-time data delivered by the sensor. Users can now wear the sensor on the upper arm for better flexibility and convenience.
Diabetes Can Be Managed
Many people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood sugar levels by following a healthy eating plan and a routine that includes regular physical activity, weight loss and medication. Your healthcare professional can help you develop an individual treatment plan to manage diabetes and lower your risk for additional health problems.
Get Diabetes Testing at RediClinic
If you are diabetic or feel that you are at risk because of your lifestyle or family history, your nearest RediClinic is where you can get tested for diabetes. Our board-certified clinicians will use the results of your diabetes test to evaluate whether you need to make changes in your diabetes medicine, physical activity routine or meal plan to help keep your diabetes under control.