November 2017 Newsletter

//November 2017 Newsletter

Jenny’s Journal, November 2017 Article: Healthy Eating on a Budget

By | 2017-11-20T21:49:46+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Diabetes Bites, November 2017 Newsletter|

Will healthy eating break the bank? How to eat healthy even on a budget and what simple steps can you take to bring healthier options into your plan.

It’s Libre, Man! In-Depth Review of the Newly Approved Freestyle Libre

By | 2017-11-21T14:55:30+00:00 November 18th, 2017|November 2017 Newsletter, Thinking Like A Pancreas Blog|

Diabetes educator, Gary Scheiner gives his in-depth review of the newly approved Abbott Freestyle Libre CGM continuous glucose monitor. Faster than the fastest meter. More powerful than point-in-time measurements. Able to leap piles of test strips with a single scan.   Look… on pharmacy shelves (soon).  It’s a meter.  It’s a CGM.  It’s FREESTYLE LIBRE!   Seriously, this is exciting.  Abbott’s Frestyle Libre has finally been approved for sale in the United States.  Why the excitement?  Because it almost eliminates the need for fingerstick blood glucose measurements.  It has features of a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) and a blood glucose meter combined in one device.  And it is simple to use, reasonably accurate, virtually painless, and relatively inexpensive ($60 for the durable receiver/scanner, $40 per sensor; insurance coverage pending).   Super!  How does it work?   An applicator device is placed on the back of the arm.  With one push, a tiny glucose-sensitive filament is inserted just below the skin, with the waterproof transmitter (about the size of two stacked quarters) attached and adhered to the skin.  After a 12-hour warmup period, a signal is sent every minute to a handheld receiver about the size of a small cell phone, and the current glucose level along with a trend arrow and graph of the most recent eight hours of data is displayed.  The sensor/transmitter is replaced every 10 days.  And because of its accuracy, NO fingerstick calibrations are required.     A very similar device has been available in Europe and other parts of the world since 2014.  The hardware is basically the same, but there are a few subtle differences between the US version and the European version.  The European sensors last 14 days [...]