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FreeStyle Libre 14 Day System FAQS

Abbot’s FreeStyle Libre sensors are among the most widely available CGM systems, helping people with diabetes around the world to better manage their blood sugars.  The slim sensors offer accurate glucose readings and last for 14 days. The FreeStyle Libre 14-day system is one of the company’s most popular CGM systems, and we’re here to answer all of your questions about it!

Below we have compiled the most frequently asked questions about the Libre 14-day system, for your convenience.
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FreeStyle Libre 14-Day System FAQS

The FreeStyle Libre 14-day readers have been discontinued, but Abbott continues to provide the sensors, which you can use with the LibreLink app. Also, if you already have a reader, you can continue to use it. Although it’s still available, it is one of Abbot’s older systems. The FreeStyle Libre 2 and 3 sensors have the latest technology and eliminate the need to scan your sensor. Abbott is providing a free trial of their FreeStyle Libre 2 system for users who would like to update to the latest system.

The FreeStyle Libre 14-day sensor is a flash glucose monitoring system. Start by inserting the sensor and starting the sensor session. Once the sensor warm-up is done, you can use your phone with the LibreLink app to scan your sensor and see your glucose readings. Each sensor lasts 14 days and reads your glucose every 60 seconds.

To remove your sensor, lift the edge of the adhesive and peel away. For a quick and painless sensor removal, soak the sensor tape with an adhesive remover. Wash the area with soap and water to remove any leftover adhesive.

You will need to download the LibreLink app on a compatible smartphone in order to see your blood glucose readings. The FreeStyle Libre 14-day reader has been discontinued, so the only way to use the system is with a smartphone.

You don’t need an internet connection to use your FreeStyle Libre sensors. The app will continue to work for scanning and reading your blood glucose levels even if you are not connected to the internet. 

FreeStyle Libre 14-day sensors store the last 8 hours of sensor readings. Each time you scan your sensor, your glucose reading log will be updated with the latest data. 

You can scan your sensor as often as you like. The sensor reads your blood sugar every 60 seconds, so scanning multiple times in a one minute period won’t show different glucose values.

FreeStyle Libre sensors can be worn while going through a metal detector. However, some full-body scanners used in airports might damage your sensor. If you’re unsure about a scanner or metal detector, you can always ask for a different type of screening.

No, you cannot reattach your FreeStyle Libre sensor if it falls off before the end of the sensor session. Sensors are single-use only and last for 14 days. If you have trouble with sensors falling off before the end of your sensor session, try using a CGM patch to hold it in place and get more wear time.

FreeStyle Libre CGMs are beloved by many people with diabetes – and for good reason! The 14 day sensors offer accurate glucose readings and give you peace of mind when making treatment decisions. You can find more information on the different FreeStyle Libre sensors available on the company’s website

Keep your 14 day sensor on for a full 14 days. Not Just a Patch Freestyle Libre patches help you get more wear time for your sensors. Check out the patch colors, shapes, and materials available here.

*Disclaimer: The information within this blog is for informational and educational purposes only.

Article medically reviewed by Adil Maqbool, MD on April 06, 2023

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