You no longer have to use painful fingerpricks to measure blood glucose levels with continuous glucose monitors (CGM) like the FreeStyle Libre 2 system and the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. Instead, your diabetes management plan can be made easier by using a small sensor to get accurate glucose readings and trends without fingersticks*.
Use this post as a guide if you’ve already filled out our qualification form and received your Abbott FreeStyle Libre system from Aeroflow Diabetes.
What Is the FreeStyle Libre 2 System?
The FreeStyle Libre 2 system is a CGM made by Abbott Diabetes Care (ADC) that, as mentioned, gives you accurate glucose readings and trends without fingersticks.* The sensor used to measure your blood glucose levels is water-resistant and is designed to stay on for up to 14 days. It’s Abbott’s first CGM with unsurpassed 14 day accuracy for adults and children with diabetes [ages 4 and older] † .
How It Works
The system uses a small sensor placed on your skin to monitor your glucose levels continuously. The sensor uses readings from your interstitial fluid that surrounds the tissue cells below your skin, which fluctuate as you ingest carbohydrates and glucose.
The sensor sends your results to the FreeStyle Libre 2 system app on your reader or phone so that you can get your results anytime, anywhere. The app also uses optional, real-time glucose alarms* that notify you when your blood glucose levels are low or high.† * You can also download the LibreView app to retrieve easy-to-read reports whenever you or your healthcare professional needs.
How to Apply & Use the FreeStyle Libre 2 System
If you haven’t already, go to our qualification form and fill it out to see if you’re eligible to receive coverage for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system through your insurance provider. After you've received your system, follow these steps.
Download the FreeStyle Libre 2 system reader app from the app store on your smartphone or reader. You can check if your Android, iPhone, or other devices have compatibility with the app here.
Once you’ve downloaded the app and received your FreeStyle Libre 2 system box, unpack it. Then, follow these instructions for application.
- Find the spot on the back of your upper arm where you want your sensor to go. Then, clean that spot with an alcohol wipe and let it dry.
- Remove the lid from your sensor pack.
- Unscrew the cap from the FreeStyle Libre 2 system sensor applicator. Place the open applicator into the open sensor pack, stacking them. Line up the two marks on both packs.
- Press down on your sensor applicator until it can’t go any further.
- Place the sensor applicator over the spot you want your sensor to go. Push down until the sensor is in place.
- Feel around the area and ensure the sensor feels secure on your skin.
- Start the sensor by pressing the blue “Home Screen” button on your FreeStyle Libre system reader. Next, tap “Start New Sensor” on the screen.
- Hold the reader within 1.5 inches of the sensor to scan it. The reader will make a beeping sound when the sensor has been activated.
Check out the video below to see these steps in action.
You can get your current glucose data readings from the system on the app or your reader one hour after applying your sensor. You can also use the LogBook to track what you eat, glucose readings, insulin, and medications.
From there, you can enjoy the simplicity of monitoring your blood glucose levels with the FreeStyle Libre 2 system.
What Is the FreeStyle Libre 14 Day System?
The FreeStyle Libre 14 day system is another pain-free CGM device made by ADC. Like the Freestyle Libre 2 system, the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system uses a sensor to monitor your blood glucose levels. It uses the LibreLink app for Android, smartphones, or the handheld reader.
How It Works
The FreeStyle Libre 14 day system uses a thin sensor that’s inserted just under the skin of the back of your upper arm to monitor your blood glucose levels every minute.
How to Apply & Use FreeStyle Libre 14 Day System
The application process for the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system sensor is the same as the application for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system sensor. Follow the instructions above to apply your sensor and start using it.
The Benefits of CGM Devices
Insurers and healthcare professionals alike have recognized CGM devices as beneficial and money-saving, and to some, they’re now deemed a medical necessity. The FreeStyle Libre systems may help you get back to living a fuller and uninterrupted life.
How Aeroflow Diabetes Can Help
While CGM devices have been making tremendous changes in the diabetes healthcare industry, Aeroflow Diabetes recognizes that purchasing these new devices can be expensive.
With our help, you may be able to receive diabetes care products through insurance. Check your eligibility through our qualify form to get started, and we will take care of the rest. It’s that easy!
Information provided on the Aeroflow Diabetes website is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or care from a healthcare professional. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to diabetes care.
* Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose. 1. FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual.
1. FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual.
* Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet of the reading device.