How Does Continuous Glucose Monitoring With the FreeStyle Libre System Work?
The FreeStyle Libre system measures glucose levels through a small sensor — the size of two stacked quarters — applied to the back of your upper arm. It provides real-time glucose readings for up to 10 days, both day and night. The sensor can also read glucose levels through clothes, making testing discreet and convenient.
The FreeStyle Libre system provides three critical pieces of data with each scan:
- A real-time glucose result.
- An eight-hour historical trend.
- A directional trend arrow showing where glucose levels are headed.
The touch-screen reader also holds up to 90 days of data, which allows people to track their glucose levels over time.
How Does the FreeStyle Libre System Help Improve Treatment?
The data generated by the FreeStyle Libre system is designed to provide actionable trends and patterns that help you make better decisions about your health, such as adjustments to your diet or how much insulin you need to take. For example, the reader's snapshots can reveal if a person is experiencing hypoglycemic trends (low glucose levels) patterns or hyperglycemic trends (high glucose levels), which can aid in choosing the right diabetes management.
Studies show that FreeStyle Libre users who scan more frequently spend less time in hypoglycemia and experience improved average glucose levels. According to a study published in The Lancet, people using the FreeStyle Libre system spent 38 percent less time within hypoglycemia as compared with those who managed their glucose with traditional self-monitoring glucose system.
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