Abbott won the European CE Mark for its FreeStyle Libre 2 continuous glucose monitor that features low and high glucose level alarms, letting patients know in real-time that they’re falling outside of their normal range.
The system doesn’t require regular and painful finger pricks, instead relying on an upper arm sensor that regularly measures glucose within the interstitial fluid using a tiny built-in needle. The sensor shares its readings with a paired device that looks like a smartphone, which the patient uses to keep a history of readings, set alarms, and manage all kinds of related data. Though this device is important, the sensor will still work on its own and will vibrate or make sounds (depending on the user’s preference) when it’s readings sugar levels outside the norm.
“Enabling patients to have optional alarms with the FreeStyle Libre 2 system provides them with even more freedom in managing their condition,” said Jens Kröger, M.D., specialist of Internal Medicine and Diabetology at the Center of Diabetology Bergedorf in Hamburg, Germany, and chairman of diabetesDE. “For some patients who are unaware of the hypoglycemia episodes they may be experiencing — especially during sleep — having alarms can be important. Or, for the parents of children with diabetes, alarms can provide peace of mind.”
Here’s a short promo video from Abbott for the FreeStyle Libre 2: