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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 3 can alert you when you are high and low. You get data only when you want it.

*Libre 3 is the most current model, now the smallest sensor option, and doesn't require scanning. Libre 1 and 2 may still be available to you. Ask your provider.

Next Steps

Freestyle Libre 3

Freestyle Libre 3

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

  • No scanning required
  • 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

    I was worried about pocket bolusing, but there are a lot of safety features that make me feel more comfortable about having the pump in my pocket while I'm running around all day

    It takes a while to get adjusted to a tubed pump. I sometimes forget that my pump is connected to me, so I try to find ways to carry it without interfering with my daily activities

    The extended bolus helps me avoid lows

    Cost

    Freestyle Libre 3

    Freestyle Libre 3

    Sensors

    Glucose Testing Cost Estimate

    Startup $0 to $130
    Monthly$0 to $70
    Prices will vary based on insurance 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.