With the advancement of science and technology, a new device has come up for monitoring the glucose level at home. Those days are over when you had to go for glucose testing regularly with test strips, blood and all.
Now, sitting at home only you can measure the glucose level with a device, called freestyle libre. This monitoring system of glucose comes with a sensor and a reader. The sensor is very small in size, approximately 35 mm x 5 mm and it weighs about 5 grams. This sensor mechanically measures your glucose level and keeps on storing the data day and night continuously. The reader looks almost like a normal BG monitor. It has a single button with a small touch screen which displays clear reading. It shows the data collected by the sensor and within a second it shows the latest reading along with an arrow to indicate if the glucose levels are rising or falling. The reader keeps a track record of 90 days of data, and you need to swipe your arm 3 times a day at least to record the changes in glucose levels.
Sounds interesting? Well the freestyle libre in Australia system is also very user friendly. You just have to wear the sensor on the back of your upper arm for 14 days. The sensor is made up of a sterile flexible fibre and you will feel no such discomfort or pain while wearing it as revealed according to recent studies and surveys. It is water resistant in up to 3 ft. of water for 30 minutes maximum. Therefore you can easily keep on wearing it while bathing or swimming.
For getting the reading, you need to bring the scanner or the reader close to your sensor, and in 1 second the device will display the latest glucose data history of 8 hours in a graph. The scanner can scan the readings even when it is placed amid 1cm to 4cm from the sensor. That means you can even take the reading through your clothing! But it is suggested to scan in every 8 hours to get your full glycaemic picture. The reader is easy to hold and carry as it is small and light weight. The dimension of the reader is 95 mm x 60 mm x 16 mm and it weighs 65 grams. Add to all these features, you are also getting the advantage to read in the dark because of the backlit colour touchscreen.
One thing must be noted that the reading of the glucose level is not measured by the glucose level present in the blood, but the glucose level present in the interstitial fluid. This fluid actually acts as a tank of nutrients which are for your body’s cells.