Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Abbott Diabetes Care, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. FreeStyle Libre
When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2015, I had no idea what that meant for me or my way of
living. I didn’t know about finger pricks, A1C, all the supplies you need and how you keep track of your
For the first couple of years, I was a finger pricker. I hated it. With every finger prick it reminded me of my situation and how my life is now different. Not to mention, always trying to remember which finger I pricked last and the clean up around the pricked area. It was just #teamtoomuch.
About two years ago a friend emailed me to ask if I’d heard about the Freestyle Libre 14 day system. She
described it: “run this machine over a device, scan, and poof – no more finger pricks. No more trying to
remember what your last glucose levels were.”
I told her I had seen a commercial and it looked like a dream come true, but I honestly wasn’t sure if I could afford it or if my insurance would cover it.
Sometimes when you want something, you make excuses of why you can’t get it because you just don’t
believe you can have it. I thought it was out of my reach before I even tried to get one.
I finally made it to my doctor’s office, and he was concerned about my A1C. He wanted to track it a
different way, and that’s when he recommended, I try the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. I was SO
EXCITED to try it out. It felt like next-level living. Fast forward two years and I’ve recently upgraded to the
FreeStyle Libre 2 system.
So what even is a CGM?
A CGM is a continuous glucose monitor. It’s a small system that continuously monitors your glucose
levels in real time. The FreeStyle Libre 2 is a small sensor (1/3 thinner than other sensors)* 1,2 about the size of two stacked quarters. It sticks directly to upper portion of your arm for up to 14 days before I have to switch to a new sensor. From there, FreeStyle Libre 2 does what it does best – measure my glucose levels while I’m enjoying life.
Some of my other favorite benefits of this device include:
- No Fingersticks – you can make treatment decisions anytime, high or low, no fingersticks
- Optional Alarms – one of my all-time favorite benefits! You can set the system to alert you when
your glucose levels rise or drop. You can also set the alert parameters and customize how you’re
notified (rings/vibrations). ‡
- Show Trends and Patterns – the FSL 2 reader stores up to 90 days’ worth of your data, so you
can save and email the results right to your doctor to talk through together during your next
- Less Time In Hypos|| 3,4 – You can literally see in real-time how food and exercise affect your
blood glucose levels. You can also catch hyperglycemia (too-high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (too-low blood sugar) as they happen, avoiding a potentially dangerous situation.
How you can try out FreeStyle Libre 2 system for FREE with the MYFREESTYLE Program
If you’re on the edge, deciding if a CGM is right for you, the MyFreeStyle program gives you the opportunity to sample FreeStyle Libre 2 for FREE¶
But much more than just a free sample, you’ll get curated, actionable tips and tricks along throughout the program, so you get the most out of what CGM has to offer and learn how small actions can make a huge difference when it comes to managing diabetes.