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TOP 10 TIPS FOR GETTING STARTED WITH THE CGM SENSOR

Feb 25

Have you just recently gotten a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) or you're in the process of getting one? Either way, we are here to assist you to get the best out of it. If you don't already know, Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) helps you to properly track your blood glucose levels at all times. Here, we would be sharing with you our top 10 tips for getting started with the FreeStyle Libre Version 2 CGM sensor.

  1. To get started with the FreeStyle Libre Version 2 CGM sensor, you must first install the app on your smartphone. But first, check to make sure your device has compatibility with the FreeStyle Libre Version 2 sensor. Some compatibility features to look out for on your device is if it can work with tap-and-go services like Samsung Pay, Apple Pay etc. Which means it is NFC-enabled. You can contact us if your smartphone is not compatible.
  2. If you have purchased CGM sensors from us in the past, you should still check for an updated version of the app on the App store on Google Play, as this is a newer version.
  3. You will notice that you can't scan your sensor during the first 60 minutes; don't panic, as this is normal. During these 60 minutes, your sensor is in a calibration process with your device. After the 60 minutes is completed, you can check back. You will notice you can make your first scan conveniently.
  4. Don't limit your scanning; you should scan at least once every 8 hours to get the best results. The CGM sensor displays a graph of your blood glucose levels throughout the day with the help of each scan. It displays these results at the time of scanning and your glucose levels from the last 8 hours. Because of this, the more often you scan the more available data the CGM sensor displays for you. Going more than 8 hours without scanning will leave significant gaps in your daily scan results.
  5. The data from your sensor is stored on the app for as long as 90 days, after which it is automatically erased.
  6. You have the option to download and save your data before the 90-day automatic deletion. To download a copy, visit the LibreView website on https://www.libreview.com/. Log in to the LibreView website and click on “Glucose History” at the top of the page. You will find that your data from the mobile app has synced automatically with the LibreView website and you can now click on “Download Glucose Date” to download it as a PDF file and/or a CSV file. The file contains a detailed list of every scan you took with the CGM sensor. You have the opportunity to view your sample Glucose Patten Insights; this is a detailed report on insights regarding your glucose pattern from each scan.
  7. The LibreLinkUp app allows you to share the stats and data from your blood glucose data. You can share your glucose data with anyone, a friend or a health professional if that's what you want; this is completely up to you.
  8. Sharing your CGM data with someone can help motivate and push you towards choosing the right lifestyle routines that can positively affect your blood sugar levels. If you're looking for the best lifestyle changes, contact your primary care physician or a health professional for proper medical advice on lifestyle changes.
  9. After the end of the 14 days, you can easily peel off the sensor to remove it.
  10. The sensor can prove difficult to remove because of the adhesive. To combat this, try applying water in the shower as you peel it off. Here's a video to help you through this process:

The possibilities of the CGM sensor are endless.