FreeStyle Libre: FDA approved digital diabetes technology [INTERVIEW]

The days of finger pricks may be a thing of the past for the 30 million Americans who are living with diabetes as FreeStyle Libre, a new wearable glucose monitoring system is now available.  This device may revolutionize the treatment of this serious condition that affects how one’s body uses blood sugar.

The FDA just approved FreeStyle Libre, a new continuous glucose monitor that uses digital technology to take the pain out of this life-saving method of checking blood sugar.  The traditional finger pricks are important to monitoring one’s sugar levels, but they are painful and so some people risk their health and avoid doing them.

The FreeStyle Libre is a small device that attaches to one’s arm and has a separate monitor that updates every few minutes so they can be fully aware of his or her glucose levels, without the painful, frequent finger sticks.  By using this device and forgoing the finger sticks, people may be less likely to skip monitoring their glucose levels and will manage their diabetes better.

Not properly monitoring diabetes has consequences on all areas of the body and includes heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness foot ulcers and sometimes even death.

Endocrinologist Dr. Maria Tulpan and Cher Pastore, a Certified Diabetes Educator spoke with Michelle Tompkins for about diabetes, how FreeStyle Libre works, how it this new wearable technology transforms the way people with diabetes manage their condition and more.

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FreeStyle Libre may be found here.


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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.