Top Reasons to Get a Freestyle Libre
What the Freestyle Libre represents and its function are entirely new concepts in the world of monitoring glucose levels.
Not only does the convenience factor help boost the benefits of a Freestyle Libre, but it is also more affordable than most continuous glucose monitors (CGM) and provides greater testing than blood glucose testing. It also frees the patients from the pain of fingersticks.
In this article, we’re going to help lay out a few of our top reasons why you should consider making the switch to the Freestyle Libre.
How does Freestyle Libre Work?
For Freestyle Libre to work, you need to have a small round sensor applied on the backside of your upper arm.
The sensor is a round disc, the size of a coin and is 35 mm in diameter and 5 mm high. You apply the sensor underneath your skin using a handheld applicator. The application process is not painful and the sensor can last up to 14 days.
Within the 14 days, you can scan the sensor using the handset that then sends your sugar level data of the previous 8 hours to the Freestyle Libre reading monitor.
During scanning, you do not just get the glucose readings, but also you can see whether your sugar levels are stable or fluctuating.
Why Get a Freestyle Libre?
There are several potential benefits of getting yourself a Freestyle Libre including the following:
Minimum initial cost: The initial cost of Freestyle Libre is minimal to the clinic as they only send disposable portions of the system with the patients.
Patients do not need to sanitize any reusable parts and the healthcare professional keeps the handheld device for reading the sensor. They can also use it for all patients.
LibreView, which is the reporting and downloading software, is also free to the clinic.
The Freestyle Libre is available at Abbott’s Freestyle Libre website at the time of writing for the following prices:
- Starter Pack – two 14 days sensors plus a reader for 159.95 Pounds
- Freestyle Libre Reader – 57.95 Pounds
- Freestyle Libre Sensor – 57.95 Pounds
Available in retail pharmacies: Patients can find Freestyle Libre in most retail pharmacies.
Compared to other Continuous Glucose Monitors in the market, Freestyle Libre does not need special authorizations to be distributed. It may take months for other CGM systems to be delivered for the first time to the patient after they decide to wear a CGM device—whereas they can easily access the Freestyle Libre.
No acetaminophen interference: Freestyle Libre is the only CGM system where the readings are not interfered when the patient takes acetaminophen.
Medtronic and Dexcom CGM systems show high glucose readings, which may be false whenever the patients take acetaminophen.
No need for calibration: To maintain the accuracy of the Freestyle Libre reading, you do not need to calibrate the sensor with blood glucose meter readings.
This is because Freestyle Libre allows the patient to collect valuable glucose data even if they have not been consistent in monitoring their blood glucose levels.
Coordinate care in any healthcare setting: Freestyle Libre can be an effective way to provide care to patients in any healthcare setting.
This is because 14 days after the system has been placed at the provider’s clinic, patients can send their sensor back to the provider and any therapeutic changes that need to be made can be done through a phone call, the patient’s portal or the electronic medical record.
Minimal sensor disturbances: Patients can carry on with their daily activities with minimum disturbance from the sensor.
This is because the sensor is discreet and small—the size of a quarter—and the patient can wear it for at least 10 to 14 days without having to change it out.
Power in the data: Freestyle Libre provides similar data to that of other CGMs as long as the patient scans the sensor at least once every 8 hours.
Freestyle Libre may lack the ability to alert the patient when their glucose levels go down like other CGM systems, however, the lower price tag means that some patients will not be put off from using Freestyle Libre due to lack of alerts.
Freestyle Libre also allows the patient to review the graphs of their sugar levels particularly after a full night of sleeping. This means that the patient can see if their sugar levels have been low during the night and can make significant changes in their daily lives to reduce the risk of any future nocturnal hypos.
Glucose levels readings: Freestyle Libre provides the glucose levels readings by measuring glucose in the interstitial fluid and not in the blood.
The interstitial fluid acts as a reservoir of nutrients in the body including glucose for the body cells. This is the same method that is used by continuous glucose monitors (CGM) to measure sugar levels.
While the sugar levels from interstitial fluid readings have a close match to blood sugar readings, there can be a little bit of difference which may not be large but significant when the sugar levels are low. Therefore, to check for accuracy, it is important to do some tests for blood glucose levels if you think there is a hypo.
Other benefits of getting a Freestyle Libre are:
- The need to take blood glucose tests reduces significantly.
- The sensor is waterproof in up to 1 meter of water, meaning you can still swim.
- The LibreLink app helps notify the patients’ parents and/or caregivers of any hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia events.
Get a Freestyle Libre Today
It can be hard to take care of your loved one with diabetes—especially if they live far away from you.
The Freestyle Libre can allow caregivers to track glucose levels of their loved ones using the app. The Freestyle Libre makes it easy for patients to monitor their glucose levels and the app is currently supported in more than 30 countries, including the USA.
However, if you are not confident about the accuracy of the blood sugar readings, contact your healthcare provider for assistance and confirmation.