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Get all the tips and tools you need to monitor your glucose without routine finger pricks**†† – right at your fingertips!

Welcome to flash glucose monitoring!

Less pain.4 More insights.

Flash glucose monitoring allows you to conveniently check your glucose with a painless,5 one-second scan of the FreeStyle Libre sensor using your phone instead of routine finger pricks!**††

You get more glucose insights from each scan and better control1-3 of your diabetes management.

  • No routine finger pricks**††

    The sensor is discreet, easy to use and worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days,4 so you can conveniently check your glucose anytime,§ anywhere.

  • Better insights

    The sensor automatically measures and continuously stores glucose readings day and night for a complete glucose picture.‡‡

  • More control

    The scans and reports show you how food, activity and medication affect your glucose levels in real time, so you can make better-informed decisions.

  • Remote monitoring

    Your glucose data can easily be shared virtually to stay connected with your healthcare provider, caregiver or loved ones using the FreeStyle Libre digital tools.



How does flash glucose monitoring work?

Blood glucose meters take glucose readings from capillary blood with a finger prick. Flash glucose monitoring systems are different. Scanning the FreeStyle Libre sensor with a phone or the reader measures glucose levels from the interstitial fluid, a thin layer of fluid that surrounds the cells of the tissues in your skin.


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What is A1C?

A1C is an important measurement that tells you how well controlled your glucose levels are.6

Features and benefits

The FreeStyle Libre system

An innovative flash glucose monitoring system that uses sensors:

  • Painless5 one-second scan instead of routine finger pricks††

  • Covered by Ontario,§§ Quebec¶¶ and Yukon*** public reimbursement programs and most private health insurance plans

The FreeStyle Libre 2 system

The next-generation flash glucose monitoring system:

  • The FreeStyle Libre system you know and love, now with optional glucose alarms

  • For people aged 4 and older with diabetes

  • Covered by Ontario,§§ Saskatchewan,††† Manitoba‡‡‡ and Quebec public reimbursement programs and most private health insurance plans

* Sensors are available for eligible patients who meet the labelling requirements of 4 years or older with diabetes. Limit: one per registrant.

† Official Mark of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.

‡ To be eligible for FreeStyle Libre 2 reimbursement in Quebec, criteria is as follows: under the age of 18 and living with type 1 diabetes; over the age of 18, living with diabetes and meets the following two criteria: is on intensive insulin therapy (insulin pump treatment or ≥3 insulin injections per day), and has frequent hypoglycemic events during the last year, despite adherence to a blood sugar management plan.

§ 60-minute warm-up required when applying the sensor.

¶ Sensor is water-resistant in up to 1 metre (3 feet) of water. Do not immerse longer than 30 minutes. Not to be used above 10,000 feet.

** FreeStyle Libre 2 users: Finger pricks are required if glucose readings and alarms do not match symptoms or expectations. 

†† FreeStyle Libre users: A finger prick test using a blood glucose meter is required during times of rapidly changing glucose levels when interstitial fluid glucose levels may not accurately reflect blood glucose levels or if hypoglycemia or impending hypoglycemia is reported by the system or when symptoms do not match the system readings.

‡‡ To get a complete glycemic picture over the last 3 months, the sensor must be replaced every 14 days and the sensor must be scanned at least once every 8 hours.

§§ For people managing diabetes with insulin.

¶¶ For residents of Quebec, the following two criteria must be met: intensive insulin therapy (insulin pump treatment or ≥3 insulin injections per day), and frequent hypoglycemic events during the last year.

*** For people over 18 years of age with type 1 diabetes.

††† The FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is covered under the Saskatchewan government-sponsored drug plan for those between the ages of 4 and 17 who manage their diabetes with insulin or have hyperinsulinism.

‡‡‡ As of September 28, 2021, the FreeStyle Libre 2 flash glucose monitoring system is reimbursed under the Manitoba Pharmacare Program for individuals 25 years old and younger who meet eligibility criteria (PDF 488 KB) including a referral from a specialist.



  1. Dunn TC, et al. Real-world flash glucose monitoring patterns and associations between self-monitoring frequency and glycaemic measures: A European analysis of over 60 million glucose tests. Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2018;137:37-46.
  2. Jangam S, et al. Sustained improvement in glycaemic control following flash glucose monitoring: a worldwide observational analysis. Poster presented at: the 11th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes: February 17, 2018: Vienna, Austria.
  3. Bolinder J, et al. Comparison of flash glucose monitoring usage patterns and glycaemic outcomes in the real-world with those observed in a randomized controlled trial. Poster presented at: the 11th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes: February 16, 2018: Vienna, Austria.
  4. Data on file, Abbott Diabetes Care.
  5. Haak T, et al. Flash glucose-sensing technology as a replacement for blood glucose monitoring for the management of insulin-treated type 2 diabetes: a multicenter, open-label randomized controlled trial. Diabetes Ther 2017;8(1):55-73.
  6. Mayo Clinic. A1C test. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/about/pac-20384643. Accessed December 7, 2021.

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