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This New Wearable Technology is Transforming the Lives of People Living with Diabetes

Living with Diabetes, a condition that affects how your body uses blood sugar, has become a little easier.

 

Diabetes is a chronic disease and growing epidemic in the U.S. For the 30 million Americans living with diabetes[i], constant monitoring of glucose levels is a fundamental part of daily life. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type, accounting for an estimated 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases in the United States.1

 

Routine finger sticks have been the standard of glucose testing for more than 40 years, however, nearly half of people living with diabetes do not test their glucose levels as frequently as their doctor recommends. Reasons include expense of test strips, dislike of sticking fingers and simply forgetting to test. Without comprehensive glucose data, significant glucose fluctuations may be missed, which can lead to major health consequences. [iii]

 

The FDA recently approved a revolutionary flash glucose continuous monitoring system that has the ability to transform diabetes management by accurately measuring glucose levels while eliminating the need for routine finger sticks and finger stick calibration. It’s the only continuous glucose monitor to not require a finger stick calibration for accuracy.

 

In addition, it’s streamlined, wearable design makes it easy to use. A glucose reading is gained from a quick scan of a small, round sensor that is worn on the back of the upper arm, liberating patients from the pain and hassles that come with routine fingersticks day after day.

 

The device is now currently available in pharmacies across the nation.

 

Dr. Maria Tulpan, an Endocrinologist in New York City affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, and Certified Diabetes Educator Cher Pastore, joined me to share information and clinical experience about diabetes, and highlight recent advancements that are changing the way people with diabetes test their glucose levels, empowering them to achieve better health outcomes and live their best lives.

 

Take a look at our chat above.

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Diabetes management is a collaborative effort between people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. With the right support they can achieve better results together. For more information, visit: www.freestylelibre.us.

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REFERENCES
[i] Center for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html
[ii] American Diabetes Association Standards of medical care in diabetes 2014.  Diabetes Care January 2014, v37 suppl1 s21-22
[iii] Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864180/

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

faithhealthandhome@yahoo.com

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