Diabetes Health In the News Podcast: Abbott’s Glucose Monitor Offers Significant Hypoglycemia Reduction

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Data from a 328 patient trial has found that the Abbott FreeStyle Libre glucose monitor can significantly reduce hypoglycemia in type 1 diabetes patients.

This study aimed to determine the difference in hypoglycemia between patients that used the FreeStyle Libre system and those that used self-monitored glucose testing. The Freestyle Libre monitors glucose  sensor worn on the back of the arm for two weeks, requires finger prick calibration.

After six months, it was found that patients who used Abbott’s system had 38% less time in a state of hypoglycemia. They also experienced a 50% reduction in serious hypoglycemia and a 40% reduction in nocturnal hypoglycemia.

These findings were reported in Mass Device on September 12, 2016.

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