FreeStyle Libre is a diabetes monitoring system that requires only a single-second scan of the sensor over the skin to provide glucose levels. This technology eliminates the need for finger prick tests and provides more detailed information than a blood glucose test. The system also provides software that allows you to analyze your glucose data. Finger prick tests are still required for people with diabetes, however, especially if blood glucose levels are rapidly fluctuating.
The FreeStyle Libre is compatible with NFC-enabled smartphones. You can register your smartphone and scan the FreeStyle Libre sensor to monitor glucose levels. After you’ve registered, you’ll be able to see your glucose levels and set alarms for the system.
Freestyle Libre sensors are sold online, but you can also pick them up in-store. In South Africa, you can buy them from pharmacies such as CDE Pharmacy in Houghton, Johannesburg, or M-Kem in Durbanville, Cape Town. These devices are convenient for tracking your blood glucose levels throughout the day, which can help you to manage your blood sugar levels.
FreeStyle Libre devices are available in the US and Europe. The sensor is about the size of a coin. It is applied under the top layer of skin and is relatively painless. The sensor is meant to be placed in the arm without causing discomfort, though it can sometimes cause a little skin irritation. Once it’s on your arm, you can scan it anytime you’d like to know your glucose level.
Freestyle Libre is covered by many private health insurance plans. However, it’s important to note that the cost of replacement sensors may vary. The cost ranges from $10 to $75 per month, depending on your insurance. It’s recommended that you check with your health insurance provider before purchasing the Freestyle Libre.
Freestyle Libre uses the Flash Glucose Monitoring technology, which eliminates the need for routine finger pricking. A small sensor monitors blood sugar levels and continuously stores them. It measures glucose in the body’s interstitial fluid, rather than in the blood.
Freestyle Libre also has an iPhone app that allows you to share your glucose information with your caregiver. Simply scan your FreeStyle Libre sensor using the FreeStyle Libre iPhone app, and your caregiver will be able to see your current glucose and trend. It is similar to Dexcom Share, although LibreLinkUp doesn’t allow your carer to see the trend or graph of your glucose. You can also share the glucose data with others with LibreLinkUp, which enables you to share it with others.