Freestyle Libre

Not so fun on your belly

FreeStyle Libre

I tried using the Freestyle Libre sensor on my belly, it didn’t work out too well. Here’s my feedback.

Reason #1 of why I hated it

There’s nothing worse that feeling the sensor. When it is on your stomach, at least where I placed mine, I could feel it constantly. When I sat down, when I turned to the side. Don’t let me begin with how uncomfortable it was in my Yoga and Pilates classes. Actually, let me tell you. It’s great when your laying flat on your back or standing straight, but as soon as you bend forward it’s there and you feel it! Think sit-ups, bending to tie your shoes, sitting down and your jeans come up a bit – OUCH! Never again will I wear my sensor on my belly, literally never.

Reason #2 of why I hated it

I started to notice on day 7 that my sensor wasn’t accurate – at all. There is an up to 20% discrepancy, but my Freestyle Libre results were way off! I checked my sugar one morning and the screen read LO (which means 2.2mmol/L or under). I didn’t feel low at all, so I checked with my regular glucose monitor, which read 6.5mmol/L! To me, this is a huge difference. It’s a matter of drinking a juice box pretty quickly versus going back to work without a worry. It didn’t stop there, my CGM readings were always much lower than my regular glucose monitor, so I decided to stop using it, since it wasn’t doing much for me.

Possibility of the Freestyle Libre Sensor not working – not the site

Before I go and tell you to never use your stomach as a sensor site, it is very possible that my sensor was defected and it had nothing to do with my stomach site. Which is definitely a possibility considering my new sensor (which I placed on my upper arm) is not working properly either. I’ve heard a lot of Freestylers who love to have their sensor on their stomachs or backs, it’s just not for me.

There you have it! This is my review of the Freestyle Libre on my belly and why I did not like it.

Let us know what your favourite sensor site is and why below in the comments 🙂

I am not a medical professional and should not be taken as such. I am only speaking from personal experience. Talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have regarding your diabetes.


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