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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #30 on: 04 August 2016, 11:35:04 AM »
Heres the xdrip box
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #31 on: 04 August 2016, 11:36:56 AM »
And here's the xdrip+ app
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #32 on: 04 August 2016, 11:46:01 AM »
And here's the nightscout webpage and app
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #33 on: 04 August 2016, 02:42:51 PM »
Technologically you have completely lost me Lucy.  However that's a lovely line you have there, well done!
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #34 on: 04 August 2016, 04:29:40 PM »
Interesting stuff.
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #35 on: 04 August 2016, 08:14:40 PM »
Technologically you have completely lost me Lucy.  However that's a lovely line you have there, well done!

Simple version: I'm trying a cheaper method of viewing dexcom data that seems to also do more of the stuff the official receiver lacked. It's a bit DIY and unapproved and means carrying an extra phone so now I'm trying using it for a few days to see if it is accurate and practical to use instead of the official receiver.
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #36 on: 14 August 2016, 09:26:29 PM »
The second sensor stopped working yesterday. I had inserted it on the 20th July and it stopped on 13th August. So it lasted about 25 days. That brings my dexcom trial to an end.
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #37 on: 15 August 2016, 09:06:11 AM »
What's your conclusion Lucy?  Would you continue with the Libre or prefer the Dexcom?
Patti


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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #38 on: 15 August 2016, 12:11:09 PM »
Conclusion is I will be switching to the dexcom. Just need to work out the costs which I will do later. Having a break at the moment, have one last libre sensor to use, then will get a dexcom G4 transmitter ordered. So long as I can order it without the receiver.
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #39 on: 15 August 2016, 08:18:23 PM »
Good luck and let us know how you get on Lucy please.

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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #40 on: 15 August 2016, 11:43:58 PM »
My costs for dexcom are planned as:

G4 + xdrip   
260 1 G4 Transmitter
60 xdrip
40 android phone
871.25 17 sensors (freepost)
1231.25 Total

Libre costs are
48.9   1 reader
1319.76 26 sensors delivered in 2s
1368.66 Total

So the costs are similar if using dexcom not as advised, and libre as advised, libre is cheaper obviously if using only occasionally. Obviously the difference is the libre is guaranteed to last a year if you bought 26 sensors over the year, whereas a dexcom transmitter isnt guaranteed to last a year and 17 sensors isnt guaranteed to last a year either. I'm budgeting for a maximum of one sensor every 3 weeks, and hoping i get the year from the transmitter as others report.

Main findings would be
- Dexcom was very accurate, though calibrating twice a day was annoying. prefer libres no calibration.
- Dexcom was annoying when giving a false compression low at night and waking me up. Also when under the low alert level but stable the alarm was annoying, as i'd set it to 4.5 due to the lag. If 4.4 and dropping it meant i caught lows in high 3s. If 4.4 and stable the alarm was annoying as i was happy with being there.
- Dexcom gave more confidence to forget about diabetes - if i felt fine and it hadnt vibrated i knew i was most likely fine. With libre i had to scan a lot at common hypo times etc to see what was going on.
- I don't think dexcom lowered my high bgs as i didnt react to the high or rising fast alerts and often switched it off. I usually only correct with meals. I probably need to learn how ou should act on these to get the most benefit from it.
- Dexcom reduced the amount of low bgs i had. Other than 2 lows in 3 weeks of 3.2 and 3.1 (walking dog and didnt notice vibrations), the only other low bgs i had were 3.8/3.9, as i had the low alarm set at 4.5 usually.
- I drove 2000 miles over my 2 week holiday without being stopped by a single low blood sugar. I felt more confident when driving long motorway journeys. I wasnt delayed from going to any of my usual activities by a low blood sugar as they just didnt happen.
- Libre is much more discreet! There were some noisy dexcom in quiet places awkward moments as even the vibrate only mode is really loud!

So there it is, i'll be trying out dexcom a while longer once i have purchased a transmitter, so long as i can buy it alone without a receiver. I don't think it reduced my highs but i didnt use it to its maximum for that as i'm just not sure how or when to correct between meals. The main benefit i has was improved confidence and knowing about lows before they happen. I found i did less just in case snacking and spent more time in the 4s where i would normally eat because of exercise or whatever, i could just eat if it warned me bg was dropping.
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Lantus, Victoza and Apidra. Metformin XR, Bisoprolol (for SVT). Dexcom G4 with xdrip and nightscout.

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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #41 on: 16 August 2016, 07:50:14 PM »
It sounds like you had a very positive experience with the Dexcom Lucy.  I am pleased to hear it.  I would like to keep your observations on the forum if you are willing.  I can either do this by making the topic sticky, or we can translate it into a review to go onto the website.  Please let me know which you are happier with.
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #42 on: 16 August 2016, 10:00:28 PM »
whichever is more useful patti. I suspect more likely to be found as a sticky on the forum?
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #43 on: 17 August 2016, 10:57:04 PM »
As you see, I have made it a sticky.  Though I wonder if it would be better in the Insulin section?  What do you think?
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Re: Dexcom vs Libre
« Reply #44 on: 17 August 2016, 11:31:23 PM »
Probably more relevant to insulin users yes.
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