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Choice between Libre 1 and Libre 2

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by jape, Dec 1, 2021.

  1. jape

    jape Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As of yesterday, the medical plan (OHIP - similar to the NHS in the UK) here in the Canadian province of Ontario has started covering Libre 2 for insulin dependent diabetics. Any insights from those who used both Libre 1 and Libre 2: Should I switch to Libre 2, or stay with Libre 1? Either does not cost me anything, and I think the price to the government is the same.
     
  2. SwissT2

    SwissT2 Type 2 · Member

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    One thing I found with Libre 1 is that I could only view the data on my phone app where it's difficult to read the tiny graphs accurately and I couldn't download data or view it anywhere else. Presumably the publicity photos you see of people doing just that are about Libre 2.
     
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    In Response Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Libre 2 provides alarms and extrapolates the data to minimise the effect of the 15 minute ISR and BG readings.
    Some people have experienced more accuracy and reliability problems with Libre 2 but I understand the EU and North American versions are different so I do not know if this is relevant for Canada.
     
  4. DEBBIESCOTT

    DEBBIESCOTT MODY · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve found the libre 1 to be more accurate for me, but we’re all different
     
  5. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Me too.
    But the alarms with libre 2 are useful.
     
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  6. cynetique

    cynetique Type 2 · Active Member

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    I use Libre 1 with the little device rather than a phone and I am able to upload and view data online at https://www.libreview.com/
     
  7. sgm14

    sgm14 · Well-Known Member

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    I have used both and prefer the Libre2 as I find the alarms very useful. I did not really find any noticeable difference in accuracy, except that the lag on the libre2 seems to be less.

    The only downside I have found with the Libre2 is that if I want to use the alarms with my phone (which I do), then I can no longer use the reader as a backup device.
     
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