Let's Hope Australia Follows the Brits

It has just been announced that the FreeStyle Libre - the revolutionary new flash glucose monitoring system created by Abbott - is to be available on the National Health Service in Britain from 1st November 2017. This is fabulous news for type 1's in the UK who have been paying similar prices to Aussies since the system was released early last year, several months before we got it. Now they'll get it for free.

Nothing's ever free in Australia, of course, but I know those awfully nice people at Abbott are currently working super-hard to get the FreeStyle Libre subsidised here. They have plenty of evidence that it is improving both lifestyle and health for type 1's, so let's hope that's of some importance to the powers that be so that we can all start visiting the cinema, spending more freely at the supermarket, buying hip floral shirts, or whatever it is we've had to give up just to do our best to manage type 1. I imagine we'll have a decision soon.

Seems like just about everyone I hear from through HypoActive channels has tried the Libre now, and although there have been one or two hiccups, I know some type 1's have stuck to them like glue. When I was still finger-pricking - and with the Libre you don't have to, at all - I considered it normal and on occasion said I didn't mind really. Now I don't do it anymore I look back on the process as hideous, painful and barbaric.

Can't wait to get some new shirts.



FreeStyle Libre Real World Results
Real-world data from more than 50,000 people show that higher rates of scanning with the FreeStyle Libre system were found to be strongly associated with improved glucose control. MORE SCANNING: Users checked their glucose levels an average of 16.3 scans per day. As scan rates increased, the following trends were observed: IMPROVED HbA1c: Average glucose level decreased as scan rate increased with estimated HbA1c decreasing from 8.0 to 6.7 percent. REDUCTION IN HYPOGLYCAEMIA: Time spent below glucose levels of 3.9, 3.1 and 2.5 mmol/L decreased by 15 percent, 40 percent and 49 percent. REDUCTION IN HYPERGLYCAEMIA: Time above 10 mmol/L decreased from 10.4 to 5.7 hours per day. INCREASED TIME IN RANGE: Time in glucose range (3.9-10 mmol/L) increased from 12.0 to 16.8 hours per day. Order your FreeStyle Libre today at!

The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System is a glucose monitoring device indicated for detecting trends and tracking patterns in persons (aged 18 and older) with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Health care professionals and consumers should be aware about the limitations of available scientific evidence for use of this device in any other groups of patients who require diabetes management. † Data on file. Dunn T, Xu Y, Hayter G; Evidence of a Strong Association Between Frequency of Flash Glucose Monitoring and Glucose Control Measures During Real-World Usage. All work was funded by and the authors are employees of Abbott Diabetes Care. Ask your healthcare professional how a FreeStyle glucose meter may assist you. Always read the label and use only as directed. FreeStyle and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions.