Abbott's Biowearable: One Sensor for Glucose, Ketones

Abbott is further expanding its biowearables portfolio with a first-of-its-kind dual monitoring system.

Strategy and Strength|Jun.17, 2022

For millions of people with diabetes, Abbott's FreeStyle Libre technology means easy, seamless glucose monitoring. That technology is the foundation of what is expected to be a big advancement in diabetes tech and another example of Abbott's expanding presence in biowearables.

The company is developing a first-of-its-kind dual monitoring system that will enable people with diabetes to continuously monitor glucose and ketone levels in one sensor. That sensor happens to be the same size as Abbott's FreeStyle Libre 3 sensor — the world’s smallest and thinnest1,2  continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensor.

The goal is early detection of diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially fatal condition in which ketones — chemicals produced by the liver and used for energy — climb to dangerous levels in the blood.

This technology, currently in development, received breakthrough device designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This designation is designed to expedite the review of innovative technologies that can improve the lives of people with life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating diseases or conditions. Pivotal trials for Abbott’s dual monitoring system will take place in 2023 followed by regulatory submissions thereafter.

This innovative technology will further differentiate the FreeStyle Libre system, already used by 4 million people worldwide3.

Abbott plans to partner with leading insulin pump manufacturers to make the dual monitoring system interoperable with insulin delivery systems. This comes as Abbott already is working to connect its FreeStyle Libre system with insulin delivery products developed by Insulet , Novo Nordisk and Tandem Diabetes Care , to help make managing diabetes even easier.

Get more details on Abbott's pioneering biowearable and how it can help detect diabetic ketoacidosis.


1Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care.

2Among patient-applied sensors.

3Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care. Data based on the number of users worldwide for the FreeStyle Libre portfolio compared to the number of users for other leading personal use, sensor-based glucose monitoring systems.




Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 3 system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or for safety info.