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Freestyle Libre Wearers Question For You

Freestyle Libre Wearers Question For You

as much as I hate to finger stick...my sensor read 68 and my finger read 90. Is it worth the $150.00 USD to have them when they are ALWAYS so far different? My meter is a Contour Next and I always clean the finger and use a new lancet...Help me decide.

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Also I had 3 glucometers and I wanted to see why my Libre was not reading well, all 3 meters had a difference of 0.5 (9) and even 1.0 (18). When I had blood test done last year I tested my Libre at same time the nurse did blood tests and my Libre predicted an A1C of 6.5, my blood test showed A1C 6.5. The Libre predicts your A1C by considering the every min scan it does on its own and averages the sugar level during that 24 hrs period, which is why you can look at sections which show you every 6 hrs trend of average sugar levels. When we do finger sticks we only get that moment value in time, we can try and average that number by adding up, but it may not show the true numbers 24 hrs value, as we do not get those in between numbers such as the Libre can do. So for me the Libre is a tool, I have said this often. Those 3 meters i used to use all read wrong, they overread what my Libre does by at least 0.5 (9), yet my Libre was right on the dot about my A1C.

Now they do sell strips to go along with your Libre reader (The regular Libre scanner device has a slot and the bottom) These strips are called precision strips, I use my Libre as a glucometer now as it was the most accurate with my blood results, my other meters overshot the numbers.

So is the Libre worth it, for me I believe so, but that is an individual person to person decision. I do finger sticks when needed and for morning fbs at times to make sure my Libre is still within the 20 % difference ranges which they state is the normal. If one Libre does not work well, I call Abbott and they replace it free of charge when I get above 20 % difference. They are very good customer services. So when my Libre gives me an A1C number for the 2 weeks mark, if it was off by 0.5 to 1.0 I add that to the average number the Libre gave me to find out what my true A1C might be.

Hope this helps a few people with this question

posted 9 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

If you look up my past posts from many years you will find that I have said that not two people are the same and what works on one person may not work on the other person. So if that is what works for you then I would stay with it.

posted 9 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Finger pricking is one of the first ways a person could start to check their own level and if you research about finger pricking or even ask a Doctor that is very truthful with you it is not very reliable and if you look up about the lancets and the machines and the prices that goes with them they also give you the rating of them. Many other countries have used Free Style for many of years before the USA and have had much better results with it. This has helped me keep my Diabetes inline much better and the best I have ever been.

posted 9 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I have had freestyle libre for several months and love. I always prick my finger in the morning and when I go to bed. I scan with my phone as it allows my medical team to see my readings. If the reader says I am low I just double check with pricking the finger. I am happy with. I see as a piece of mind if I can monitor while I am out in the community.

posted 9 months ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

@A DiabetesTeam Member I have had the sensors for months and it has very rarely been remotely close to the finger stick. I do not have the reader, I scan via my phone. I realize the delay between that and the finger stick...Thanks for all the info

posted 9 months ago
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