Dealing with Diabetes is no joke

Comedian Atul Khatri talks about how he keeps his diabetes and diet in check with help of FreeStyle Libre.

Diabetes Care|Feb.09, 2022

When I started my journey as a standup comedian, I promised myself that I will always be honest with my audience, be it about anything. From my health to my family and my ‘handsome young looks’, I always make sure that I am open to having an honest conversation. When it comes to my health, I am someone who must constantly keep a check on my glucose levels. As a Sindhi, I have a major sweet tooth. Eating something sweet after every meal has been a daily ritual for as long as I can remember.

But, one day, I was told that I need to prioritize my health first and rethink my unhealthy snacking habits as I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This became tough and pricking my finger to monitor my glucose levels every other day, became tougher still. That’s when Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre came into my life and everything changed. It was the perfect solution to all my problems and the beginning of something new.

Honestly there was nothing more I hated than pricking my finger every time I wanted to check my glucose levels. The usual process is painful and stressful. But I can't forgo it either. A low glucose level makes me feel weak, so I have to ensure my levels stay on track. It is also very important that I keep my glucose level within a certain target range to prevent long term health problems.

Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre has certainly made things much easier. Instead of waiting for and dreading the ever-painful prick, this device has allowed me to check my glucose levels with a simple scan at any given time. I could never have imagined being able to simply scan my glucose level and make changes according to the readings.

The FreeStyle Libre reader shows me my daily graph via the Time In Range (TIR) feature that tells me the time and range of my glucose levels. By knowing what percentage of time my glucose has been in a healthy range, I can plan my food and exercise choices accordingly.

All I need to do is place the monitoring device on my arm, scan the sensor and I get my readings instantly. My wife is quite pleased now as she barely ever has to remind me to do my finger pricks anymore, because FreeStyle Libre has made it ever so simple for me to scan whenever needed.

The FreeStyle Libre which is always by my side (quite literally) is so accessible that I can use it anywhere and at any time. Along with scanning, it contains additional features like the tiny trend arrow that informs me the direction in which my glucose level is headed. It also gives me daily reports which show me how my glucose levels have changed throughout the day, including low-glucose events and spikes (you can blame the impulsive barfis for that).

When it comes to my workouts, well, it’s still a challenge but it has definitely become a lot easier. Since this product is water resistant, I do not have to worry about being drenched in sweat. The FreeStyle Libre comes with quite a few benefits. My personal favorite feature of this product is that it is super discrete. Whenever I take my dog out for a walk, the lightweight Freestyle Libre goes arm in arm (no pun intended) with me. I can barely feel it. And what’s more, the scanner of this device allows me to scan my glucose levels over my clothes too.

FreeStyle Libre is an easy, comfortable, and pain-free way of measuring glucose patterns which has changed my life in so many ways. From being able to enjoy my favorite breakfast to calming my pre-show nervousness, this device has been with me throughout. I can go about my daily tasks (or tweets if you will) without worrying about my health because this device keeps my glucose levels on track. Along with its detailed glucose charts, it has provided me with assurance about my health for which no amount of gratitude will ever suffice.

If you too, like me, enjoy the frequent mithai but are held back due to fears, take my word and make the switch. After all, if you monitor your glucose levels regularly you can enjoy sweets in moderation. FreeStyle Libre is a pain-free, prick-free and portable glucose monitoring device that has been made for people like you and I. It has been made to solve all our problems with a simple scan. It is time to lay all our worries to ease and do what we have always wanted to do without worry. It has revolutionized glucose monitoring in India.

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