A US health care company has unveiled the world's first glucose sports biosensor that measures blood sugar levels and displays the results on a smartphone.
Developed by the Illinois-based Abbott company, the & # 39; Libre Sense & # 39; is a round white biosensor the size of a 2 pound coin that attaches to the back of the upper arm.
When applied, a tiny 0.2-inch filament is inserted just under the skin, which is held in place with a small adhesive pad for continuous blood counts.
Attaching and removing the sensor, which is expected to ship this December, is painless, according to the company.
Wearers automatically receive real-time glucose data, which is streamed every minute via Bluetooth to a dedicated app when they tap the sensor with their phone.
The eerie Black Mirror-like device is like a molecular laboratory on your arm, offering a window into your body.
The biosensor, about the size of a 2 pound coin, is attached to the back of the upper arm and transmits real-time glucose data via Bluetooth to a dedicated app every minute
Abbott is committed to helping athletes track the relationship between blood sugar levels and performance through continuous updates.
By tracking and understanding glucose levels, athletes can adequately refuel with sugar bursts while exercising.
Maintaining stable glucose levels during exercise helps manage energy supplies and avoid muscle fatigue.
Libre Sense is based on Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose monitoring technology, which was originally developed for people with diabetes.
Abbott says this is the first personal use product based on FreeStyle Libre sensor technology that allows use beyond diabetes.
"Our breakthrough sensor technology has the potential to go beyond glucose and provide insight into what's happening in the human body," said Jared Watkin, Abbott senior vice president of diabetes care.
"This could provide meaningful insights into other diseases and treatments and ultimately improve health."
Libre Sense, which needs to be replaced after 14 days, can be worn while cycling, running, exercising, swimming, bathing and showering.
Abbott stressed that Libre Sense is intended for athletic purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat any disease.
Attaching and removing the sensor is painless. It has a thin, flexible filament that is inserted under the skin to accurately measure the level of glucose in the body from the interstitial fluid – a thin layer of fluid that surrounds the cells of the tissue just below the skin
The device has been tested to withstand immersion in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
It is attached to the back of the arm with a disposable applicator, which creates a small puncture.
Abbott said 91.6 percent of 119 users surveyed agreed that it was painless when applied to their arm.
A thin, flexible filament is then inserted under the skin to accurately measure the level of glucose in the body from the interstitial fluid – a thin layer of fluid that surrounds the cells of the tissue just below the skin.
To take glucose measurements, users scan the biosensor with an app on their smartphone.
After that, users will receive a stream of glucose data via bluetooth every minute in the app.
Various sports technology companies create their own apps to work with the device, including Supersapiens from Atlanta, who worked with teams on the Tour de France.
The device can be used in running, cycling, and general exercise, and has been tested to withstand immersion in up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes
Phil Southerland, founder of Supersapiens and former professional cyclist, said, “Abbott's Libre Sense gives an athlete for the first time access to glucose data to get an insight into their body's fuel levels and fundamentally change the way athletes think about energy management to.
"By combining Abbott's proven track record in glucose sensing technology with the Supersapiens app and personalized analytics, athletes can maintain their peak performance."
The Supersapiens app for the device can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store and Google Play from December.
This coincides with the shipping dates for the device itself, which can only be pre-ordered on the Supersapiens website.
Prices start at € 130 for a subscription that allows users to use two of the devices for 28 days.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHECK BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS?
Many people who live with diabetes don't experience any particular symptoms unless they have hyperglycemia (glucose level is too high) or hypoglycemia (glucose level is too low).
Hyperglycemia can cause significant damage to some organs, which then leads to complications in diabetes. These include:
– cardiac or vascular event such as myocardial infarction (heart attack) or stroke;
– kidney problems that may require dialysis
– Eye problems that can lead to loss of vision
– sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction
– Circulatory problems and scars that can lead to amputation
To avoid the complications of diabetes, blood sugar needs to be under control to minimize the risk of hyperglycemia.
This helps prevent the complications of diabetes.
Daily monitoring of glucose levels, also known as a self-test, is an essential part of treating diabetes, as is lifestyle changes and taking medication.
It helps highlight the effects of taking better control of diabetes, including:
– changes to your diet
– Lose weight
– physical activity
– Take medications
If a blood glucose meter shows that your level is too high, the necessary action can immediately return it to normal.
This may include changing your diet (e.g. avoiding certain foods) or increasing the amount of medicine.
If the glucose level is too high, talk to a pharmacist or health care professional.
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