Published on 28 July 2023

A latest update to a glucose reading app will improve confidence in diabetes management.

Real-time minute-by-minute glucose readings are now automatically displayed on an app device after latest software updates.

An update to the FreeStyle LibreLink app will allow people who use the FreeStyle Libre 2 system to see their glucose levels and trends with a quick glance at their smartphone.

The technology is available to users in the UK and Ireland, in a world first, with the updated version 2.10.1 app.

This latest update means there is no need to regularly scan sensors.

Glucose readings will now automatically be displayed on the app in real-time every minute, so users can effortlessly know where their glucose levels are and where they are headed with a quick glance of their smartphone.

A more proactive approach will still be available for users to scan their continuous glucose monitor sensor with their phone or reader.

A statement from device manufacturer Abbott said: “Having glucose readings every minute will enable people to manage their diabetes even more confidently, allowing them to recognise a change in their glucose levels sooner and act faster to avoid potential issues like hypoglycaemia or extremely low glucose.

“Effective monitoring and management of diabetes is crucial as studies have shown that proper glucose control can help decrease diabetes-related complications and increase life expectancy for people living with diabetes.”

Couple out to dinner, one is casually looking at their phone to see their CGM readings

All users of the FreeStyle Libre 2 system will receive information on how the update will work and make the system even easier to use, through emails, in-app messaging and through brochures.

Professor Partha Kar, national specialty advisor, diabetes at NHS England said: “The strength of technology lies not only in its ability to enhance self-management and peer support – but also its evolution designed at improving quality of life.

“It is thus great to see continued progress now with real-time readings for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system – an update happening in the UK ahead of other countries globally – showing the progress the NHS has made over the last few years. This is an exciting development which will help users further navigate the daily challenges of living with diabetes.”

Last year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended CGM technology be made available to all people living with type 1 diabetes and is currently used by over 70% of all adults living with type 1 diabetes. Updated NICE guidelines also mean that eligible people living with type 2 diabetes who use insulin – including some children, as of May this year – can also now benefit from this technology.

Jack Trigger, competitive sailor who lives with type 1 diabetes said: “Having a glucose reading in real-time and so easily accessible means that when I am busy sailing or training, I can just quickly grab my phone and immediately see the readings from my sensor without needing to scan. It provides me with the confidence and security I need, knowing where my glucose levels are and where they are heading, so I can focus on the task in hand.”

Lynn Whitworth, who lives with type 2 diabetes said: “Having such a straightforward way to monitor my glucose levels provides me with all the information I need to make confident decisions around the management of my diabetes. I can automatically see the impact that various choices I make throughout the day have on my glucose levels, and all without scanning or finger-pricking.”

United Through Diabetes

With so many important advances in technology, we are delighted to announce that Abbott are registration sponsors at the upcoming DRWF United Through Diabetes event on Saturday, 16th September at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. They will have a stand in the exhibitor hub, featuring two continuous glucose monitor and flash glucose sensor workshops in the Diabetes Tech Zone. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to have all of your diabetes questions answered! Please join us on the day.

For more information about the event click here and registration visit here

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