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These devices do not connect but they each have their merits. The Freestyle Libre is small and the Tandem is modern with the ability to bolus directly on a compatible smartphone. 

The Freestyle Libre 2 can alert you when you are high and low. You get data only when you want it.

Next Steps

Freestyle Libre 2

Freestyle Libre 2

Call Freestyle Libre and ask them about your coverage. Talk to your Doctor to get a prescription.

Contact

Mon-Fri 8:00am - 8:00pm EST

Freestyle Libre Website

Tandem t:slim X2

Tandem t:slim X2

Call Tandem and ask them about your coverage. Talk to your Doctor to get a prescription.

Contact

Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 5:00 PST

Tandem Website

Priorities

Comfort

  • Lowest profile sensor
  • Smallest tubed pump
  • Tubed pumps have the most infusion sets to pick from
  • Active Lifestyle

  • Flat sensor transmitter fits easily under active wear and sports gear
  • Optional settings for exercise to adjust treatment ranges for activity with the press of a button
  • Pump is watertight
  • Avoiding Highs and Lows

  • Faster and easier to check your glucose with this sensor versus with a meter
  • Pumps allow different amounts of basal insulin at different times of day and very precise dosing
  • Easy to Use

  • Sensor and transmitter are one piece
  • Few steps to change sensor
  • Rechargeable pump battery
  • Pump has touchscreen
  • Easy Insulin Dosing

  • Can use sensor trends for dose adjustment
  • More precise dosing than pens or syringes
  • Fewer Fingersticks

  • Factory-calibrated sensor: fingersticks needed for backup only
  • Privacy

  • Needs scan from phone or controller to get blood sugar
  • Touchscreen of pump looks like normal tech device
  • Ability to bolus directly on compatible smartphone
  • Wisdom

    Hear what others who use this device combo have to say

    The easiest thing is putting on the Libre and it is logging my sensor glucose in an hour, without any calibrations. I can go for days without a finger stick.

    I have never cared what anyone thought about my diabetes gear. I do not have any trouble navigating the world wearing a pump, CGM, or carrying insulin and supplies around in a bag. People do not usually notice, even when I am injecting insulin or doing fingersticks. I am always discreet.

    The pump I definitely trust, because I've seen what using it does to my blood sugars and how I don't have these random, crazy spikes or drops as much with the pump because of the small and consistent doses.

    Cost

    Freestyle Libre 2

    Freestyle Libre 2

    Sensors

    Receiver (1 time purchase)

    Glucose Testing Cost Estimate

    Startup $200 to $404
    Monthly $108 to $321
    Libre 2 is covered by Medicare but may not yet covered by private insurers. Prices will vary based on coverage. If you don't have any coverage, this is the cheapest sensor.

    Tandem t:slim X2

    Tandem t:slim X2

    Pump

    Charger

    Insulin Cartridges

    Infusion Sites

    Insulin Dosing Cost Estimate

    Startup $5 to $6,995

    Monthly $20 to $200

    Questions for your Doctor

    Can I try this before I commit to it?

    A lot of provider offices have sample devices you can touch and feel to get a sense of how they work. Some offices even have a trial device you can use for week to see how it works for you.