FreeStyle InsuLinx blood glucose monitor hits Australia

Thu, 30 Aug 2012
The FreeStyle InsuLinx blood glucose monitor from Abbott Laboratories is now available to diabetes patients in Australia.

The device, which was launched in the UK earlier this year, includes a mealtime (bolus) insulin calculator for suggested bolus insulin injection doses based on the user's insulin to carbohydrate ratio, with readings displayed on a user-friendly touchscreen display.

It also comes with an automated logbook, weekly messages and pre and post-meal markers, and USB connectivity for plug-and-play reports via the new FreeStyle Auto-Assist data management software, which is compatible with both PC and Mac.

The InsuLinx blood glucose monitoring system does require users to have knowledge on their dosages and carbohydrate-to-insulin ratio for correct usage, which can make it slightly challenging to get to grips with, especially for people who are new to diabetes. However, the monitor's pre-programmed guides are designed to help users with this.

Diabetes mellitus is a rowing health concern in Australia, with more than 3.6 million people across the country estimated to be living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes.

Of those, most type 1 diabetics (and some type 2 diabetics) require insulin injections on a daily basis to manage their condition.
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