What is the Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor?

The Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor (‘biosensor’) is designed for glucose sport use only and offers streaming glucose data with a dynamic range of 55 – 200 mg/dL for performance athletes to monitor their glucose levels. It is specifically designed for sports use. The biosensor is not for medical use and is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or management of disease.

Through non-exclusive partnerships, Abbott plans to make the biosensor compatible with sport companies’ mobile apps and products which will provide glucose levels, trends and metrics to provide insights to support optimal fueling strategy and performance for athletes.

What benefit will the biosensor provide to athletes?

The biosensor is designed to provide a glucose monitoring experience that will enable athletes to understand the efficacy of their nutrition choices during training and competition. It will therefore inform athletes about how to fuel appropriately, to fill their glycogen stores prior to a race and to know when to replenish during a race to maintain athletic performance. 1,2

  • Moore, D. 2015 . Nutrition to Support Recovery from Endurance Exercise: Optimal Carbohydrate and Protein Replacement. American College of Sports Medicine. 14(4), pp. 294-300.
  • Olsson, J. 2016. Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences. Swedish Elite Swimmers Blood Glucose Levels During Recovery: A Descriptive Study Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems.
How does a user obtain glucose readings from the biosensor?

To obtain glucose readings, users simply start a biosensor with a quick scan of the smartphone over the biosensor. After a 1-hour warm up period, users will start to automatically receive streaming glucose data every minute on their compatible smartphone app.

What products are compatible with the biosensor?

We have partnered with Supersapiens to display and translate glucose readings from our biosensor into fueling strategies for athletes. Learn more at www.Supersapiens.com.

What components are included in the biosensor pack?

The biosensor pack contains the biosensor and an applicator to prepare the biosensor for use. The biosensor is applied to the back of the upper arm with the aid of the biosensor applicator.

How frequently does the biosensor capture and store glucose readings?

The biosensor automatically reports the glucose concentration in the interstitial fluid every minute. It also automatically records the glucose concentration every 15 minutes, storing that data in a rolling 8-hour log. If the biosensor is scanned with the compatible partner app at least 3 times per day, so as to download the data from the biosensor to the phone before the end of 8 hours, no data will be lost. If the biosensor is scanned after the 8-hour limit has passed, the oldest data will be lost. That means, the biosensor will only keep the latest 8 hours of data collected.

Can the biosensor be used with children?

The biosensor is intended to be used by athletes who are 16 years and older.

Where can I purchase the product?

Product will be available through our partner web shops in select markets in Europe at www.supersapiens.com.

How can athletes benefit from visibility to their glucose data?

Proper nutrition at the right intervals allows athletes to maintain a stable glucose level during endurance activities, which is important for managing overall energy and avoiding muscle fatigue. A study published in the American College of Sports Medicine showed that an athlete who understands the effects of their nutritional intake will have a better chance at improving their performance during exercise.1 In addition, research has shown that understanding real-time glucose levels can guide nutritional intake to help improve muscle recovery and athletic performance.2

  • Moore, D. 2015 . Nutrition to Support Recovery from Endurance Exercise: Optimal Carbohydrate and Protein Replacement. American College of Sports Medicine. 14(4), pp. 294-300.
  • Olsson, J. 2016. Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences. Swedish Elite Swimmers Blood Glucose Levels During Recovery: A Descriptive Study Using Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems.
Which athletes will benefit most from the data provided by the Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor?

Athletes who perform high intensity exercise or exercise with a duration of more than 90 minutes, e.g. in endurance cycling, running or triathlons, are most likely to see benefits from managing their fuelling strategies with regards to carbohydrate loading. Visibility to their glucose levels can help them understand the efficacy of their nutrition choices, fuel appropriately, avoid fatigue from low glucose events, and know when to replenish during training and competition.

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