Each November, the diabetes community comes together to recognize Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day which is on November 14th.
To mark this important month, people, caregivers and healthcare professionals across the globe are sharing their experiences with diabetes.
Diabetes Awareness Month
I’m happy to be partnering with Abbott Canada and FreeStyle Libre this Diabetes Awareness Month, to educate Canadians, to support the newly diagnosed, and to give hope to those who have been managing diabetes for decades.
Being a nutritionist, I believe the more you know about your health and the treatments available, the more you can be part of your own care. By doing this, it has helped me immensely with taking care of my grandma.
Supporting my grandma to manage her diabetes:
As the primary caretaker for my grandmother who lives with diabetes, I know first-hand the challenges that come with managing this chronic condition. The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system* plays a major role for my grandma to help manage her diabetes.
For those living with diabetes, virtual care and the ability to communicate with healthcare professionals remotely has become more important than ever.
Through this technology from Abbott and the FreeStyle Libre system, we have been able to remain connected to my grandma’s healthcare team, who have secure access to her glucose insights remotely using the FreeStyle LibreLink app** whilst she continues to manage and monitor her diabetes effectively from home.
About the FreeStyle Libre System:
The FreeStyle Libre system is a flash glucose monitoring system that delivers real-time glucose readings with a one-second scan, using a smartphone and the FreeStyle Libre Link app, over the sensor on the back of the upper arm, eliminating the need for finger pricks***.
This system can help those living with diabetes become more engaged in their glucose care by seeing their patterns so they can find solutions for managing their glucose levels.
The device, worn on the back of the upper arm, is easy**** to apply and small in size–the sensor is about the size of a toonie–and can be scanned discreetly, even through clothing*****.
QOTD: Do you or one of your loved ones live with diabetes, how has this changed your life?
Learn more about the FreeStyle Libre at FreeStyle Libre Canada!
* The FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system is indicated for measuring interstitial fluid glucose levels in adults aged 18 years and older with diabetes mellitus. Always read and follow the label/insert
** The FreeStyle Libre Link app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check the website for more information about device compatibility before using the app.
***A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings
****Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care, Inc.
*****The reader can capture data from the sensor when it is within 1 cm to 4 cm of the sensor
This post is sponsored by Abbott Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.