A glucose sensor is suitable for everyone with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2. However, it is especially interesting for all diabetes patients who have to inject insulin several times a day and therefore also have to measure their blood sugar levels several times a day. If you ask these people what they think of the daily finger prick, you mainly hear the words painful, clumsy and annoying. With a glucose meter this is no longer necessary!
INSULIN PUMP COMBINED WITH A GLUCOSE SENSOR
New technological developments have an important impact on the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. This concerns the administration of insulin by an insulin pump, the glucose measurement with a sensor on the body and the growing dynamic interactive possibilities between glucose sensor and insulin pump.
It is a combination of the insulin pump and glucose sensor. The pump has a hypo-predictive function: it stops delivering insulin when blood sugar is low. An insulin pump that stops delivering insulin itself when needed, ensures fewer hypos.
HOW A GLUCOSE SENSOR WORKS
The glucose sensor is attached by means of a tiny needle on the arm or abdomen. In this way the glucose values are continuously recorded. Flash glucose monitoring (FGM), such as the FreeStyle Libre, you use a sensor. The glucose values become visible when you scan the sensor with a reader or an app on your smartphone. The FreeStyle Libre glucose sensor stores the values for the past eight hours, which you can then view in a graph.
The sensor is water resistant and will stick to the skin for one to two weeks. If you want some extra reinforcement for your glucose sensor, the sensorhouders by Diacea an outcome. The Freestyle Libre sensor holders have an elastic band that is adjustable. This ensures that everyone can use this band. Ideal!
THE BENEFITS OF A GLUCOSE SENSOR
When you measure your values with your 'normal' blood glucose meter, you as a diabetes patient always miss certain information. With a glucose sensor you do get all the essential information. Research among diabetic patients has shown that the use of a glucose sensor significantly improves the quality of life of diabetics. More people had their glucose levels under control and the number of patients who had to stay at home because of diabetes fell.
IS THERE A REFUND ON THE GLUCOSE SENSOR?
The diabetes glucose sensor from FreeStyle Libre is reimbursed from the basic insurance for people with diabetes who follow an intensive insulin schedule. This means that you inject insulin or have an insulin pump at least four times a day. In addition, you must prick your finger at least four times a day to measure your blood glucose level. Consult with your doctor whether you qualify for a glucose sensor.