A major complaint of diabetics is the need to constantly prick their fingers, to check their blood glucose levels. Fingers become irritated, sore and calloused. Due to this, many people fail to test their blood sugar levels regularly, because it is an inconvenient, embarrassing and painful process, which leads to improperly managed diabetes that can lead to a host of unwanted (and unavoidable) medical complications. So, it is only natural that when a needle-free and effective device hits the market, people take notice.
The Libre sensor device developed under the supervision of Jared Walkin (a British scientist), continuously monitors blood sugar levels, without having to prick your finger four times a day. One of the great advantages to this type of device is that you can rest easy knowing that your blood sugar levels are being monitored, even while you are sleeping. Many people may lose track of time, perhaps while driving, and the Libre sensor watches blood glucose levels even when you may forget.
This ground breaking gadget (which is just about an inch long) is worn on the back part of your upper arm, and monitors blood sugar levels for 14 consecutive days (which is a major advantage/break-though), as previously only a few days of monitoring was possible. Results can be taken and registered every 15 minutes, if necessary. Results are immediately sent to a pager-sized unit, and these accurate readouts need to be downloaded to a computer (every 8 hours). This gives your health care professional vital data that may save your life, and certainly reduces the risk of complications, associated with poorly managed diabetes.
Everyone that has diabetes is at risk for the medical complications associated with this disease, such as renal failure, neuropathy and possible amputation, but when blood sugar levels are accurately and properly monitored – the risk of medical complications severely drops.
The Libre sensor (which is perfect for individual who suffer from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes) could be available in late 2014, if it obtains approval and passes NICE (National Institute – Care Excellence) judgment. In addition to better diabetes management, if approved and available, the Libre sensor will lower overall costs of diabetic treatment, and create much needed jobs due to the manufacturing of this device.