I have nothing against a Libre. I wore one for years and was completely happy when I did so. And when I switched to a Dexcom I didn’t see a huge difference between them except I could calibrate my Dexcom instead of just adding numbers to my Libre reading to make it more accurate. I use one on my dog now and it drastically helps.
I also think the Libre is a wonderful thing as the Dexcom is so much more expensive here, so the Libre is much more affordable especially if you don’t have insurance that pays for these things. (In Europe and the UK the Libre is 96 pounds a month and the Dexcom is 159 or ($175) a month when you self fund, which a majority do.)
But I wasn’t using Dexcom to it’s full advantage at the beginning. The alerts were just annoying to me. But then I figured out how to use it to my advantage, of letting me know before I got out of range so I could do something about it sooner. And add the important calibration ability I am definitely in the Dexcom camp.
Because I still use it for my dog, and I still love it and I still get random communications from them.
I just got one. I’m thinking this is push back as in the UK and here in the USA a lot of us have been referring to the Libre as a FGM or Flash Glucose Monitor. That it’s not a true CGM. I guess Libre doesn’t like that. It really doesn’t say much except they are a CGM.
This is the first part, basically the whole message as it has a graph and chart too.
The FreeStyle Libre platform is a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system that continuously measures your glucose level around the clock,* with up to 10 or 14 days of sensor wear, based on product. CGM automatically tracks your glucose levels throughout the day and night,* so you can see your glucose levels in real time and review your glucose trends. When you use a blood glucose monitor (BGM), you need to do multiple fingersticks a day to closely manage your glucose.
HOW CGM DIFFERS FROM BGM
The CGM sensor reading taken by the FreeStyle Libre platform and the blood glucose reading taken by a BGM may not always be the same. Even though BGM and CGM glucose readings may not always match, sensor readings from the FreeStyle Libre platform can replace fingerstick readings.†
THE BENEFITS OF CGM
In addition to providing current glucose readings, CGM also lets you know where your glucose has been, and where your glucose is going.