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Bethany W

Bethany W

Now we have used it for six weeks and very happy to have it. When my grandaughter contracted type 1, I was devastated. It was worst to see the amount of finger pricks she had to endure. Searching the internet for a better solution, I found the Abbott FreeStyle Libre (all others were beyond our budget), but unfortunately it was not available at the time. However after waiting about a year we were thrilled get an email from Abbott to say the FreeStyle Libre was available. We were desperate to try it and it helped a lot as my daughter had cancer and she was finding great difficulty coping with her daughter's diabetes. Now we have used it for six weeks and very happy to have it. I hope the Abbott team will work even harder to improve the great product.
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Charlotte M

Charlotte M

I used to be that cautionary tale, even featuring on the front cover of a well-known diabetes magazine. My complications can be listed quite succinctly as peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. But at times they have seemed much more my heart beats too fast, my stomach does not empty properly, my eyes don't dilate, my epiglottis is fairly temperamental, I don't feel the soles of my feet and I have been in the sort of pain that not even morphine could dull. I am now a very different diabetic, and have reduced a myriad of medications down to just one – insulin. This is undoubtedly down to my new best friend, FreeStyle Libre. I could not have done it without you. Thank you for giving me my quality of life back.

Phillip W

These sensors have changed my life. A1c around 6.0%, Cholesterol 3.7mg/dl and twenty pound weight loss. However, not being allowed to have them on prescription has cost me well over £1000.00 in the last year. Worse still, even though I am prepared to pay. only one pharmacist locally stocks them and more often that not doesn't have any. Fantastic product but the distribution and availability is shocking.
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Gabriel H

FreeStyle Libre allows my son, who is rugby captain and plays county cricket to not worry about his diabetes. It also means we don't worry about it. It avoids huge hypos and enables us all to keep his glucose at the right level so diabetes doesn't get in his way. Thank you

Nikki S

I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 49, pretty late in life by all accounts. The diagnosis came as a complete shock. I had become very ill and the months following diagnosis are a bit of a blur. Pre-T1 I was super fit. I climbed, ran, cycled and scaled high altitude mountains, there was no stopping me... until Type 1! I fell into what I now call my diabetic black hole and retreated from life, stopped doing all of the things I loved and became pretty depressed. I read about the FreeStyle Libre before it was even available and got hold of it just as soon as I was able. It has changed my world. I have climbed out of my hole and started doing the things I love. Pricking my finger so many times a day left me feeling down and defeated. Now, I can check my glucose levels on the go, I can do so discreetly and without fuss. The data that is available to download is amazing and although I am still getting to grips with it all, it has really helped me understand my patterns and highlighted what I need to do and when to keep my HBA1C at a good level. I'm not saying that I don't have days where I feel angry, upset and resentful... I think these feelings are inevitable but the Libre has improved the quality of my life significantly and I cannot imagine being without it. It has given me so much confidence that I am starting to plan a challenge for 2016 that will push me mentally, emotionally and physically. After that, I have been asked by my hospital to talk to young people with T1- to hopefully inspire them and also convey the important message that you can still get out there, push yourself and do pretty much everything that non-T1's can do if you want to. Discovering the FreeStyle Libre was like someone turning the light on for me after having been in darkness for 6 months... incredible!

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Adrian L
Adrian L
In my early days of living with diabetes, over 20 years ago: my wife and I were looking at a perfectly good blood sugar reading and wondering whether I needed a bedtime snack. She commented that it would be more useful if we could know whether the level was rising or falling, rather than just what it is. At the time, having this sort of information was a mere fantasy but she was in fact visualising a future in which we would have this information at a glance, giving us power over our condition.
Anita G
Anita G
Exercise was once a nightmare never knowing when that hypo was going to come. With the FreeStyle Libre I’ve the knowledge I need to manage much better, improve my time in range and be stronger fitter and more confident with exercise. Long distance cycle rides are doable as well as walks in the park.
George C
September 2015 I was invited to inject insulin, I weighed 19.5 stones. Declined and GP referred me to dietdoctor.com. Adopted High fat, low carb diet. 24th Dec. 2015 I had lost 4 stones and my blood sugar was well controlled. I have never looked back. Throughout the four months my GP took fortnightly checks complete with blood tests. Everything went well and has remained so, my cholesterol levels, which were never a problem, are slightly reduced. At the time of writing I am 91 years old.
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₸ Sensor is water resistant in up to 1 meter (3 feet) of water for a maximum of 30 minutes. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes. Not to be used above 10,000 feet.
† A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycaemia or impending hypoglycaemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings.
Ω The reader can capture data from the sensor when it is within 1cm to 4cm of the sensor.
Ѱ For children aged 4-12, a caregiver at least 18 years old is responsible for supervising, managing, and assisting them in using the FreeStyle Libre system and interpreting its readings
‡ 60-minute warm-up required when applying the sensor