Saturday, July 14, 2018

FreeStyle Libre is NOT a CGM but a FGM

FreeStyle Libre

 
I got it!
I got a prescription for the FreeStyle Libre from my doctor.
I went to the pharmacy and paid my $200 for the sensors and reader.
 

Here is what I got:

 
FreeStyle Libre sensor box

FreeStyle Libre Reader
 
So, after all that research I did not notice until now that the FreeStyle Libre is a
FLASH Glucose Monitoring System. (FGM)
Makes sense after reading up on the CGM's that the Libre isn't considered a
continuous glucose monitoring system.
 

The FGM Difference

The Libre cannot be used with an insulin pump.
The Libre does not have alarms for highs or lows.
The Libre Reader must be scanned for the glucose number to be displayed.
 

The FGM=CGM

Both take the glucose measurement from interstitial fluid glucose levels in real time.
Both provide patterns.
Both provide data for making decisions.
 
I am excited to try the Libre out.
Hope this research helped you like it did me!
 
Jay
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Libre Freestyle Continuous Glucose Monitor

Libre Freestyle Continuous Glucose Monitor



Libre System
Freestyle Libre


I wanted a CGM, continuous glucose monitor.

For me.

Insurance says no coverage because I am type 2, not insulin dependent.
Fine - I will get my own!
Maybe, depending on cost, if you know what I mean.
The search is on!
 
Here is the third one I checked on:

Freestyle Libre CGM

https://www.freestylelibre.us/index.html


The Freestyle Libre basic info:

approved for 18+ years old
sharable data
up to 10 day sensor
simple applicator for sensor
no alerts
transmits data wirelessly to display device
computer program for more detailed reports

 
 I like this one too but I wish it had alerts.
Still the price is much more affordable.

I called Walmart and found out the reader was $79. and a 3 pack of sensors, or one month, was $121.
So the first month is $200 and since the reader lasts one year the monthly cost after that is $121.
Wow!
That works out to $127.60 a month.

Calling the doctor to see about a prescription.

AND.......
She said YES.
Picking it up hopefully tomorrow.

Yippee!!
 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Medtronic Guardian Connect Continuous Glucose Monitor



Medtronic Guardian Connect Continuous Glucose Monitor
 
 
 
https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com
 

I wanted a CGM, continuous glucose monitor.

For me.
Insurance says no coverage because I am type 2, not insulin dependent.
Fine - I will get my own!
Maybe, depending on cost, if you know what I mean.
The search is on!
 
Here is the second one I checked on:

Medtronic Guardian Connect CGM
https://www.medtronicdiabetes.com/products/guardian-connect-continuous-glucose-monitoring-system




The Medtronic Guardian Connect basic info:
 
approved for 14-74 years
sharable data
up to 7 day sensor
simple applicator for sensor
alerts
transmits data wirelessly to display device
display device available or iOS compatible device
CareLink program for trends and patterns
 
I like it!  I don't like the price~
One month of sensors $553/Cash price $345.
Transmitter (yearly)  $775/Cash price $620
SO monthly that works out to $617/Cash $397
 
Ouch, just like the Dexcom G6
Both are quite pricey when paying the entire price out of pocket.
 
One more to go.
 
Freestyle Libre CGM
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor

Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor
 
www.dexcom.com
 
 
I wanted a CGM, continuous glucose monitor.
For me.
Insurance says no coverage because I am type 2, not insulin dependent.
Fine - I will get my own!
Maybe, depending on cost, if you know what I mean.
The search is on!
 
Here is the first one I checked on:

Dexcom G6 CGM
 
The Dexcon G6 basic info:
 
approved for children 2+ years old
sharable data
10 day sensor
simple applicator for sensor
customizable alerts and alarms
transmits data wirelessly to display device
display device available or iOS/Android compatible device 
Clarity program for seeing trends and patterns
 
I like it all!!
EXCEPT the price
 
One month of sensors $350.
Transmitter $237 (lasts 3 months/$80 a month)
So monthly that works out to $428 a month plus tax
using my Samsung phone
 
OUCH

Moving on to investigate more options:

Medtronic Guardian CGM

Freestyle Libre CGM