1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2021 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Freestyle Libre

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by DiabeticDi, May 10, 2021.

  1. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    My diabetes nurse has just told me that if I complete a questionnaire and do an online course for this then I can have it subject o all being ok their end. She is going to email me this. In the meantime Where can I find out about this, all I know is that you wear a sensor and you scan for your blood glucose reading. Thank you.
     
  2. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,581
    Likes Received:
    2,278
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Well that's about it really, you wear a sensor and you scan it. Joking apart, if you go onto the Libre website you will get loads of information, or google the subject and you will get loads more and search THIS site where there is also plenty of information. x
     
  3. TashT1

    TashT1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    307
    Likes Received:
    147
    Trophy Points:
    83
    There are some good YouTube’s you can watch that show you how to apply the sensor & how to use the information it gathers. With a bit of luck you might get straight on to a Libra 2 which has alarm features. Might be worth investigating videos on both.
     
  4. In Response

    In Response Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    582
    Likes Received:
    334
    Trophy Points:
    103
    I would recommend checking out two things
    - The Libre website (https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/) has quite a few useful videos
    - At the top right of this page is a Search which will help you find all the threads with "Libre" in the title. Please please please pay special attention to the limitations. The official website won't mention any of these and few DSNs seem to be aware of them. If you do not understand these limitations you will be disappointed and potentially over-treat highs and lows.
     
  5. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Thank you
     
    #5 DiabeticDi, May 11, 2021 at 10:11 PM
    Last edited by a moderator: May 13, 2021
  6. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Great idea, thank you
     
  7. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Thank you very much for the heads up
     
  8. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,581
    Likes Received:
    2,278
    Trophy Points:
    198
    and don't forget, you can ask us ANY questions you want as many of us use them and we are happy to tell you all about them warts & all. I LOVE mine by the way albeit there are one or two cons. x
     
  9. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    That's very kind i do have one question at the moment...do you have one of these permanently or is it just to identify a pattern in sugar levels? Just that it says sensors are for 14 days?
     
  10. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,581
    Likes Received:
    2,278
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi there. I have one permanently. I didn't at first but was prescribed the Libre around 8 months ago. The sensors are for 14 days so I'm given two sensors a month on prescription. Of course it does show you patterns but for me, a type 1 it's used for determining insulin doses and oncoming hypos. x
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Ok thanks very much, wow this is all a bit mind blowing for me after 40 years of finger pricks!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. PenguinMum

    PenguinMum Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    5,366
    Likes Received:
    15,436
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I am puzzled how anyone relies on the Libre to manage BG. I use them occasionally (keep one in the cupboard) for trends eg. when I am ill, stressful events, random high levels not related to food but I find such a big disparity with finger pricks. I put on my third ever on Monday in prep for my second Covid jab on Tuesday. It is showing a trend of flatlining higher than I am comfortable with (including the expected rise after eating). This morning on waking I was 5.8 then I finger pricked with Codefree and Tee2 and each gave 7.0. The one I used with the first jab flatlined lower than my meter.
     
  13. Diane fluteplayer

    Diane fluteplayer Type 1 · Active Member

    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    18
    Trophy Points:
    48
    I’ve found mine surprisingly accurate, and when there are significant discrepancies, it seems consistent, but check for errors around both high and low readings. It seems to behave differently for different people. The trend arrows are invaluable. Once, when I had to manage without it for a couple of days, I felt lost without knowing where it was going! The graphs are great too.

    Abbot also do ‘webinars’ from time to time. These are brilliant.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  14. DiabeticDi

    DiabeticDi Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    17
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Hi, I appreciate your honesty about it but I am willing to try it, it is all new to me and I want to remain positive about it for that reason. If it helps in SOME way, then all to the good.
     
  15. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,581
    Likes Received:
    2,278
    Trophy Points:
    198
    For me as a type 1 it's a question of having to really, it's used to determine how much insulin to take as well. The libre is prescribed (to some) instead of the glucose strips so unless you buy your own strips and use them too, you're 'stuck' with it. Having said that, I MUCH prefer it to numerous finger prick checks but when it shows a lower or higher than anticipated reading, I always back it up with a finger test (with my own strips plus they DO give me one box every two months). I would hate not to have it, it makes you feel normal, it's so easy to swipe as you are going along and despite the odd dud, it's fab.
     
  16. PenguinMum

    PenguinMum Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    5,366
    Likes Received:
    15,436
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Yes so many use it and it works for them so absolutely go for it.
     
  17. PenguinMum

    PenguinMum Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    5,366
    Likes Received:
    15,436
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I did not intend to criticise anyone using the Libre so very sorry if it came across that way. It clearly works very well for so many that it does disappoint that its so out of kilter for me. As I say I have only used three for special circumstances and found it useful for trends.
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  18. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,581
    Likes Received:
    2,278
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi Penguin, you definitely do NOT need to apologise, I like hearing about people's different experiences. I find about 1 in every 4 tends to go a bit funny but I do know that for some people it doesn't seem to work as well. Thank you for posting. x
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook