Monitoring your glucose level and taking your diabetes medications as prescribed by your healthcare provider along with proper diet and exercise is the best way you can manage your diabetes.
Monitoring your glucose level allows appropriate recognition of low glucose level and provides immediate feedback about the treatment plans. Frequent high glucose levels may cause damage to your nerves, blood vessels and even to your organs. Meanwhile, if you have a low glucose level, you may experience fatigue, sweating and even faint. It can be very dangerous if you are doing activities that require concentration, such as driving when your glucose level is very low. Therefore, regular monitoring of glucose should be part of your regimen.
Your frequency of testing varies depending on multiple factors such as;
Given the complexity of how frequent one may need to test glucose level using test strips and meter, some patients may opt for a flash glucose monitoring system, a method of glucose testing that measures, displays, and continuously stores glucose readings that are recorded automatically.
A flash glucose meter is a newer type of device that uses a sensor to measure glucose level and almost doesn’t require finger pricks*. Instead, a sensor is applied on the back of the upper arm and a reader is swiped over the sensor to read your glucose level.
|Flash Glucose Monitoring System||Test Strips and Meters|
|Provinces/Territories||Type 1 Diabetes||Type 2 Diabetes||Note|
|Yukon||✅||❌||As of October 1, 2020, the FreeStyle Libre system is reimbursed for Yukon residents over 18 years of age living with type 1 diabetes who meet the benefit criteria.|
|Ontario||✅||✅||As of September 16, 2019, the FreeStyle Libre system is reimbursed by the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program for qualifying Ontario residents who manage their diabetes with insulin. The coverage will include both the FreeStyle Libre system sensors and reader.|
Coverage for FreeStyle Libre sensors under RAMQ for Quebec residents 18 years or older who meet those 2 criteria’s
Finding the right device for your glucose monitoring needs is an important decision and switching systems might seem complex.
Talk to your local health care provider to see if a flash system glucose monitoring system is right for you.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.