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Blood glucose meter calculates insulin doses

A new blood glucose monitoring system that can calculate appropriate mealtime insulin doses will be available in the UK immediately.

The FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Monitoring System from Abbott has received CE Mark approval.

Designed for people with diabetes who use mealtime (rapid-acting) insulin, the system has several features designed to enable patients to manage their condition more effectively – including a mealtime dose calculator for insulin, a user-friendly touch screen and an automated logbook.

The FreeStyle Insulinx system also offers USB connectivity, options for personalisation and a specialised FreeStyle Auto-Assist software that provides reports, reminders and messages for patients, clinicians and carers.

A study has shown that only 41% of people with type 1 diabetes could calculate an appropriate insulin dose with adjustments for both carbohydrate intake and blood glucose levels.

Dr. David Kerr, Consultant Physician at Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, commented: “For my patients who require insulin, the steps involved in the self-care of their diabetes can be complicated and overwhelming. Insulin is a powerful drug that needs to be dosed accurately and carefully or it can lead to significant adverse consequences.

“The introduction of new products that are created to make the difficult task of insulin dose calculation easier is important for people with diabetes and for their healthcare professionals.”

“The FreeStyle InsuLinx Blood Glucose Monitoring System is a significant advance for people with diabetes who use insulin,” said Heather L. Mason, Senior VP, Abbott Diabetes Care. “It has the potential to help change the way insulin users manage their diabetes, because it has been designed to translate glucose results into helpful information that can enable patients to more effectively manage their diabetes.”

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