Diabetes is never easy. It feels like that thing that’s constantly on your “to-do-list.” You can never seem to check it off; for some reason, it can’t be finished. One thing or another always seems to get in the way: you either get busy, tired…or forgetful from being busy and/or tired. It seems like a never-ending circle. A CGM (continuous glucose monitor), however, makes all of this just a little bit easier! It continuously monitors your glucose and shares all the data with the given reader. It allows you to have a much better grasp on your diabetes and overall health, provided you use this device to your physician’s instructions.
I have tried many different tools for tracking my glucose levels, and the FreeStyle Libre 2 is by far my favorite. Before I continue with my opinion, let’s cover some of the basics: what it comes with, how it’s used, and its costs.
What’s included: The FreeStyle Libre 2 comes with a reader, a wire to charge the meter, a USB wall charger, and, of course, the instruction pamphlet. Your sensor comes in a separate box with the applicator and further instructions/tips.
"The entire set up – from insertion to reader set-up – should take less than ten minutes!"
"I’ve been on the FreeStyle Libre 2 since it came out; there are definitely some perks to this CGM."
- Personally, this is the only CGM my private insurance currently covers. As a “broke college student,” I can’t afford to purchase a CGM out-of-pocket. So, I spent a whole year pricking my fingers and using my blood glucose meter. The FreeStyle Libre 2 was an easy adjustment, especially when compared to pricking my fingers again.
- One thing I really like about the FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor is how slim and small it is when compared to more-bulky CGMs I’ve seen. It’s flat and does not cover much of your skin. It’s also very light; you don’t feel it, even when sleeping on top of it. I used to worry about what I might do to my previous CGMs when I was trying to sleep, adding an extra diabetes stressor. Now, I can sleep worry-free!
Unfortunately, however, there is no mobile app for this sensor because its currently under FDA review. Right now, there is no date for when it will be launched. Being able to see one’s numbers on the phone is an incredible luxury and beneficial to the user. However, I’ve found out that, if you carry the reader around with you, it’s not a big issue. You do have to carry a bag around with you, though, which can be a bit annoying. The other con I should mention is that the sensor doesn't pair to your pump. While I'm okay with inputting my glucose manually into my pump, I know others may not be!
If you prefer something less noticeable, the FreeStyle Libre 2 is a good option! With some time and patience, the mobile app will push this CGM to the top of the field. I personally cannot wait!
Editors note: CDN works with a wide array of companies to ensure that the young adult voice is heard across the diabetes sector, and so that young adults are aware of all of the options that are available to them. Abbott (makers of the FreeStyle Libre 2) are CDN Corporate Members.