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MyFreeStyle provides a chance to sample FreeStyle Libre 2 System

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
glucose levels.

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
    required†
  • 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
    appointment§
  • 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

I’m excited that FreeStyle Libre is making their CGM more accessible with Abbott’s MyFreeStyleProgram. (www.myfreestyle.us)

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.

References:
*Based on a comparison to Dexcom G6.​
1. FreeStyle Libre 2 User's Manual.​
2. Data on file.  Abbott Diabetes Care.
3. Haak, T. Diabetes Therapy (2017): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6.
4. Bolinder, J. The Lancet (2016): https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)31535-5.
† Fingersticks are required if your glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or when you see Check Blood Glucose
symbol in the first twelve hours. 
‡ Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet of the reading device 
§  Reader stores up to 90 days of glucose data so patients can see their patterns and historic trends
|| Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. FreeStyle Libre 2 has the
same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with optional real-time glucose alarms. Therefore the study data is applicable to
both products. ​
¶ Eligible patients will receive one (1) FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor and reader at $0 copay. The expiration date of the voucher is 60 days from the issue date. Limit one offer per lifetime. This program is not available for patients with gestational diabetes. Only patients 4 and older are eligible to receive an offer. This offer is void where prohibited by law. Abbott may modify or rescind this offer at any time without notice. The discounts are not available to beneficiaries of Medicare, Medicaid or other federal or state healthcare programs or residents of Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and other US territories. The free sensor and reader are provided as a sample and is limited to one NDC per eligible person. The sensor and reader cannot be re-sold, traded nor submitted to any third party payer for reimbursement and is not provided as any inducement for future purchases. The free sample card is not health insurance.
Indications and Important Safety Information FreeStyle Libre 14 day system: Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 14 day system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or https://www.FreeStyle.abbott/us-en/safety-information.html for safety info.
FreeStyle Libre 2 system: Failure to use FreeStyle Libre 2 system as instructed in labeling may result in missing a severe low or high glucose event and/or making a treatment decision, resulting in injury. If glucose alarms and readings do not match symptoms or expectations, use a fingerstick value from a blood glucose meter for treatment decisions. Seek medical attention when appropriate or contact Abbott at 855-632-8658 or https://www.FreeStyle.abbott/us-en/safety-information.html for safety info.

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