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Published on October 11th, 2017 | by Joe Scott

A Small Patch That Can Check Your Glucose Level. No Need For Needles!

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The Abbott FreeStyle Libre has come as an entirely new concept in glucose monitoring by providing much greater data than blood glucose testing whilst being more affordable than continuous glucose monitors (CGM).

The FreeStyle Libre provides ‘flash glucose monitoring’ with glucose readings provided by scanning a sensor rather than pricking your finger.

The FreeStyle Libre works by having a small round sensor applied to your arm. The sensor is a round disc, 5mm high and 35mm diameter, making it roughly the size of a £2 coin.




The sensor is applied to the skin with a handheld applicator and then lasts for 14 days. Most people that were used in patient trials of the Libre rated the application of the sensor as being painless.

Within the 14 days of usage, the sensor allows you to scan the sensor with the handset which sends data of your sugar levels over the previous 8 hours to the Libre system’s handset.

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