CGM sensors, continuous glucose monitor, Dexcom, Medtronic Enlite, Eversense implantable CGM, Abbott

LIVINGLIVING

ABOVE: a Medtronic Enlite

sensor. BELOW: A Medtronic

Minimed 640g insulin pump

screen showing data from a

Medtronic Enlite sensor.

And it has to be said that Abbott's middle

road has had considerable uptake due to

being rather fun and easy to use.

Extended range

Looking back it's as if the initial purveyors

of CGM - Medtronic and Dexcom - had

warmed up the market place for Abbott,

but now they can now bask in the reflected

glow. Both Medtronic with its Enlite

sensor and Dexcom's G5 are now going

out beyond their core base - pump users

- to people on multiple daily injections

(MDI). The point is improved control. If this

kit helps you do it, then great. Blood test

strips are still fiddly to use, CGM is hard

to get hold of and relatively expensive.

The FreeStyle Libre has let people dip

their toes into the waters of continuous

information by getting ongoing data,

and they liked it. Most felt that the cost

investment was worth it.

Abbott's stated aim from the launch

of the FreeStyle Libre system has been to

eliminate the need for routine finger prick

testing, although many people feel that

performing a blood test confirms that their

technology is accurate. Harris counters,

"We've assessed 50,000 users who are

doing an average of 15 scans per day,

i.e. three times more than the minimum

recommended by European guidelines.

They spend less time is in both hypo and

hyper states and therefore improve their

glucose control overall."

In other words, accuracy is there

without calibration. But isn't the FreeStyle

Libre system more costly than blood

testing? Why would the NHS fund it?

In fact you get much more data from a

sensor. A reading is reported every 1

minute and records every 15 minutes, so

long as you swipe at least every 8 hours

-- if you don't, you might as well stick to

blood tests - it's the on-going insights that

really drive better control. Adds Harris,

"Better control also means potentially

fewer hospital admissions, which are

costly, as well as an overall cost saving to

the NHS where 80% of diabetes costs are

due to treating diabetes complications.

Any reduction in those is meaningful."

As for availability, Harris reconfirms,

"The FreeStyle Libre system will be

available in all four countries in the UK

and we are working closely with local

GOING UP: Sensor

technology gets into gear

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