Continuous Glucose Monitoring with New “Patch Sensor” System
Glucose monitoring just got easier – and less painful – thanks to the recent FDA approval of the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, a self-applied system that relies on a patch worn on the upper arm to monitor glucose levels, rather than multiple painful fingersticks. About the size and thickness of two stacked quarters, the FreeStyle Libre Flash patch is worn on the upper arm and provides continuous readings for up to two weeks before it needs to be replaced. Currently, the system is approved for people over the age of 18.
How It Works
The patch contains a special sensor that reads glucose levels using a very thin filament located on the underside of the patch. The filament is inserted into your skin while special adhesives on the perimeter of the patch keep the entire sensor in place – even while you shower. Patients read their glucose levels using a scanner that’s passed over the patch. The scanner can obtain readings even through clothing, making the system especially convenient. Plus, by eliminating repeated fingersticks required by most glucose monitoring systems, patients who use the FreeStyle Libre Flash system say it’s far more comfortable to use.
In addition to being waterproof, the new system offers important advantages over to other continuous glucose monitoring systems, including a lower price point and longer sensor wear, plus the system comes pre-calibrated, eliminating the need for a blood sample for initial calibration. Plus, the Libre Flash system avoids interference with acetaminophen products, which can falsely elevate glucose readings with other glucose monitoring systems.
Managing Symptoms of Diabetes
Monitoring glucose levels is a critically important part of managing diabetes, along with following a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and “listening” to your body’s warning signals. People who have diabetes – especially those who’ve had the disease for a long time or whose glucose levels are not well controlled – are far more likely to suffer negative “side effects” of the disease, including poor circulation and slow-to-heal foot and ankle ulcers. For optimal health, diabetes patients need to keep a close eye on their feet and ankles and see their doctor at the first sign of sores or other symptoms like numbness, tingling, lack of sensation in their toes or feet, or shooting pains in the toes, feet or lower legs.
At the Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Felix Sigal offers comprehensive podiatric care for patients with diabetes, including those with a history of ulcers and other related symptoms. In addition to offering the most advanced publicly-available treatment options, Dr. Sigal also participates in leading-edge clinical trials to enable his patients to have access to state-of-the-art treatment options as soon as possible. To learn more about the treatment options available at the clinic, as well as information about current clinical trials and how to participate, contact the Foot & Ankle Clinic at (213) 365-0793 and schedule a consultation appointment today.