Disclaimer – This post is sponsored in partnership with Abbott Diabetes Canada, however, as always, all opinions are my own.
Most of us have heard of diabetes and have some knowledge of the havoc it can inflict on a person’s body and life. For many, including myself, it’s a topic that is near and dear to our hearts.
My family has a long history of diabetes; I have several aunts, nieces, and cousins with this condition. I have lived most of my life with an acute awareness of how critical it is for people living with diabetes to properly manage this disease.
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in Canada. Therefore, effective treatments and innovative technology are key to optimal management and preventing long-term complications like heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes management requires always having a keen awareness of your blood sugar and the factors that may potentially cause your blood sugar level to rise or fall many times throughout the day. These factors include such things as food, exercise, illness, stress, medications and more.
We also need to consider the fact that managing a chronic condition like diabetes doesn’t just impact the person with the condition. Oftentimes, immediate family members, friends, and caregivers provide ongoing support and the stress of managing a chronic condition can have a negative impact on those relationships.
I’m sure that managing diabetes may often feel like a full time, painful, and never-ending job! That’s often because, for those living with diabetes, traditionally, each time you need to check your blood sugar, you (or a caregiver) would need to: STOP. PREPARE. PRICK. CHECK. READ.
Thankfully, all that has now changed! Why? Because multiple finger pricks a day are no longer necessary.
Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system reads glucose levels through a small sensor worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days. With a one-second scan, the FreeStyle Libre reader or mobile application on a compatible iPhone ¹ shows users their real-time glucose readings and reveals how levels are trending at any time. No more finger pricking required! ²
As a nurse, I am grateful for any new technology that improves the lives of people living with diabetes – with a focus on empowering people to use their own health data to make good self-management an achievable goal. And now even more Canadians can access the life-changing technology of the FreeStyle Libre system, as it is now covered by the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) and Le Régie de l’assurance du Québec (RAMQ). I hope it is covered by the rest of the provinces soon!
I’m looking forward to discussing this technology with my family members who are living with diabetes. Check out freestylelibre.ca to learn more.
*NOTE – The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system and LibreLink app (“App”), when used with the FreeStyle Libre sensor, is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in adults aged 18 years and older with diabetes mellitus. If you are using the FreeStyle LibreLink app, you must also have access to a blood glucose monitoring system as the app does not provide one. Always read and follow the label/insert for detailed instructions and indication of use.
¹ FreeStyle LibreLink app is compatible with NFC enabled phones on Apple’s iPhone 7 and later, running iOS 11 and later.
² A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the System or when symptoms do not match the System readings.