In the spirit of keeping you apprised of the latest updates to our diabetes monitoring apparatus — you know, FreeStyle Libre 2, an integrated continuous glucose monitoring (iCGM) system — the Food and Drug Administration has cleared our FreeStyle Libre 2 apps for iPhone and Android users to connect their compatible1 smartphones to their FreeStyle Libre 2 sensors.
We understand the appeal to connected care and the rapport many have with their smart devices. We appreciate the readily apparent need for these kinds of applications of technology to daily lives. Whatever apprehensiveness there might have been before, one important outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a near insatiable appetite for more reliable digital and connected diabetes care.
And that's just what these FreeStyle Libre 2 apps bring.
Simply apply the sensor to the back of your upper arm and with your app, scan the sensor to get your latest glucose value, including a trend arrow and 8-hour historical graph showing how your glucose is reacting to food, exercise and more.
For those still checking their glucose with routine fingersticks,2 it's hard to fathom how FreeStyle Libre technology could disappoint. And with these apps, you're likely to have an easier time staying in range.
With its small sensor size — its appearance likely to go unnoticed — FreeStyle Libre 2 app users can discreetly3 check their glucose with a quick, 1-second scan of their compatible phone over their sensor. It's as essential as it is inconspicuous.
Ever since FreeStyle Libre's initial launch, we have kept working to make the world's leading glucose monitoring system4 — an appellation we do not take for granted — even better.
It's not by happenstance.
These developments have included long wear times up to 14 days for each sensor, optional alarms,5 unsurpassed 14-day accuracy6 as well as FreeStyle LibreLink7 and Libre LinkUp8 apps to help those caring for people managing their diabetes to know what’s happening. It's a better appliance for a modern world that we're working hard to continually improve, from FreeStyle Libre 14 day to FreeStyle Libre 2 to FreeStyle Libre 3,9 which initial users are raving about.
Approximately 3.5 million users10 around the world count on the FreeStyle Libre system to help them managing their diabetes. We think you’d find it appealing for all the same reasons they do, with all of its leading technological trappings, which now include Apple iOS and Android app for FreeStyle Libre 2 users in the U.S.
(Notice all those words with "app" in them? Just our helpful reminder FreeStyle Libre 2 measures your glucose data every minute for up to 14 days, so you always have the most recent information available via your app on your compatible smartphone.)
1 The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.
2 Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings, when you suspect readings may be inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.
3 Among on-body sensors. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care.
4 Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care. Data based on the number of users worldwide for the FreeStyle Libre portfolio compared to the number of users for other leading personal use, sensor-based glucose monitoring systems.
5 Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet of the reading device.
6 Alva, Shridhara, Timothy Bailey, Ronald Brazg, Erwin S. Budiman, Kristin Castorino, Mark P. Christiansen, Gregory Forlenza, Mark Kipnes, David R. Liljenquist, and Hanqing Liu. "Accuracy of a 14-Day Factory-Calibrated Continuous Glucose Monitoring System With Advanced Algorithm in Pediatric and Adult Population With Diabetes." Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, (September 2020). https://doi.org/10.1177/1932296820958754.
7 The FreeStyle LibreLink app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our compatibility guide for more information about device compatibility before using the app.
8 The LibreLinkUp app is only compatible with certain mobile device and operating systems. Please check www.librelinkup.com for more information about device compatibility before using the app.
9 This product is not available in the U.S.
10 Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care.