There are more Australians living with type 2 diabetes using
insulin than people with type 1.
Find out more about how Flash Glucose Monitoring technology can
help people on insulin to live with greater ease than our
grandparents could ever have imagined.
Abbott Freestyle Libre is currently the only Flash Glucose
Monitoring product available on the Australian market. Often this
device is confused with Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM).
Both CGM and Libre measure interstitial (in between the cells)
glucose and provide patterns and trends data to help make informed
decisions about your treatment.
However, unlike CGM, the Libre does not set off an alarm to
alert the user of approaching hypoglycaemia (dangerously low blood
glucose levels) or hyperglycaemia (dangerously high
The LIbre does not integrate with insulin pump devices like some
CGM devices can. CGM provides a continual display of
interstitial glucose whereas Libre requires the scanner to be moved
over the sensor to show a result.
The Flash Glucose Monitor is made up of a sensor that is
inserted just under the skin into the subcutaneous tissue and lasts
for 14 days before being disposed.
The glucose level is displayed on a scanner that passes over the
sensor. The scanner can also be used as a conventional blood
glucose monitor and blood ketone monitor.
The sensor is waterproof in up to one metre of water for up to
30 minutes and the scanner can capture data from up to four
centimetres from the sensor.
Conventional finger prick checks should be used in the event of
rapidly changing glucose levels and whenever symptoms do not match
the scanner result.
This is to ensure accuracy when interstitial glucose may not
accurately reflect blood glucose.
Diabetes Queensland is continuing to lobby the Federal
Government to subsidise Freestyle Libre for people using