Heads up! No need to prick your finger to know your blood sugar

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Things will now be easier for diabetics since there is a new product that would make it easier to manage their disease.  The new product is a fast acting insulin which is made by Novo Nordisk.  It would help people with diabetes to control their blood sugar spikes, which is common since it is hard to control yourself from eating too much or eat food with too much carbohydrates.  The new formulation known as “Fiasp,” adds niacinamide (vitamin B3), doubles the initial absorption of the insulin in the body.  You don’t need to wait long once that you have taken this insulin as you would see its effect in just three minutes.

Aside from the said product, there is new monitoring device called the Freestyle Libre Flash.  It is not something new since it has been launched in the Europe in 2014, but it has just been launch in the US.  It’s a round patch with a catheter that is inserted on the arm for up to 10 days.  It does all the work for you since it is a scanning device that is directly attached to the user.

The Libre is far more sophisticated than the two previous glucose monitoring device from Dexcom and Medtronic.  The user didn’t need to prick their finger just to know the blood sugar.  This is a new innovation in the world of blood sugar monitoring device and it would make things easier for the person with diabetes to control their blood sugar level.

The Libre just cost $4.70 in Europe, but there is no news about how much would it cost if bought in the US.  The Libre is especially made for those people with Type 1 diabetes thus it is very popular for such. In Europe, there are few people who still use the traditional CGMs compared to the U.S. because it is not covered by their insurance.

If you have Type 1 diabetes then you would need regular insulin intake since your body doesn’t produce any insulin at all. With Type 2 diabetes, the body still produces insulin, but it is not enough for the body.  Between the two, the latter is much easier to control since type 2 diabetic still produces insulin; you just need to do regular exercise to control your blood sugar.

University of California, Los Angeles endocrinologist Dr. David T. Ahn, who specializes in diabetes technology, believes that in the U.S., the Libre will be more useful for people with type 2 diabetes. Most people with type 2 do not use CGMs and may also not perform frequent fingerstick checks.

“I think it’s something that really empowers people, and that’s what’s really exciting, Ahn says. “[Y]ou literally see firsthand what exercise, diet, rest, and stress do to your blood sugars.”

University of California, Los Angeles endocrinologist Dr. David T. Ahn, who specializes in diabetes technology, believes that in the U.S., the Libre will be more useful for people with type 2 diabetes. Most people with type 2 do not use CGMs and may also not perform frequent fingerstick checks.

“I think it’s something that really empowers people, and that’s what’s really exciting, Ahn says. “[Y]ou literally see firsthand what exercise, diet, rest, and stress do to your blood sugars.”

 

Source: Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients