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NutriSense App vs the FreeStyle LibreLink App: A Comparison Guide

August 16, 2021
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How should you choose an app for a technology that’s only recently been made available to a broad consumer audience? The choice can be daunting, but rest assured we have got you covered. Read on to learn the pros and cons of two of the leading choices in continuous glucose monitor (CGM) companion apps.

The NutriSense App vs. Freestyle Libre’s LibreLink: Glucose Monitoring App Comparison

LibreLink is a bog-standard app that comes with the FreeStyle Libre CGM device. It certainly gets the job done. The NutriSense app has a broader range of features and can also be used with other devices if you ever switch from the FreeStyle Libre.

NutriSense CGM App vs LibreLink

Most CGM companion apps will focus on blood glucose levels. However, what we think gives NutriSense an advantage is the ecosystem of services and information around that single number. A suite of calculations and trends pop up automatically whenever you add a new meal item to the tracker, for example. We’ll get into the details in this section, and we hope you’ll agree that our offering is data dense in the same way our food recommendations are nutrient-dense!

Hardware Compatibility and Device Portability

NutriSense works with more than one type of hardware, so if you decide to switch, you can take your NutriSense app data and a dedicated dietitian with you. CGMs tend to last from 7-14 days, so this can make even temporary switches easier depending on your circumstances. If you use the LibreLink app, however, if features are added specifically for the Freestyle Libre, you can be sure that future changes will be made with that specific product in mind.

User Interface

Although we’re biased towards our beautiful green on black color scheme, there are more features that we think are worth your attention. Our high contrast and adjustable settings are also helpful, and those of us with less than perfect vision can see it without our glasses or contact lenses. The interface is also customizable to display the data you find most useful on your dashboard. The LibreLink app lets you make some personalized changes to how the information is displayed, but perhaps the most helpful feature is the set of alarms you can program. You can set an alarm for an exceptionally high blood glucose level, which you can program as you see fit, or you can program a warning for very low glucose levels. You can also have the app trigger an alarm for when it loses connectivity to the CGM.

Links Between Data

Much more data is associated with a respective food source, and it’s all seamlessly integrated into our app. Sleep start and end times and instances of high stress can be added manually within the NutriSense app. LibreLink will show you time in range, or the total time out of a 24-hour period in which your blood glucose levels were within a healthy set of parameters.

Sharing

As mentioned above, one of the core features of NutriSense is that you can share your data with a Registered Dietitian, but you can also send your data to whomever you choose and on your terms. Although LibreLink allows you to share your data, you need to download and activate a second app to do so. Once you connect LibreLinkUp, you can share data normally.

Expert Advice

Where the difference lies, however, is that NutriSense connects you directly to a Registered Dietitian who follows your blood glucose levels throughout the day and offers actionable advice on how to manage them optimally. We think the best traveling companion for your health and wellness journey is a trained expert helping you make sense of it all. Our app gives you a range of data, and your advisor can develop a plan alongside you for the best possible wellness outcomes.

The NutriSense App vs. the LibreLink App: Quick Comparison Overview

In conclusion, there are surely use cases for both apps, but we believe NutriSense offers the better choice for a broader range of people.

The LibreLink App Might be Best for…

People who want to stick with the LibreLink CGM and have updates explicitly tailored for that device and who only want a basic set of features will be best off sticking with the dedicated companion app. In terms of sharing your data with a relative or healthcare provider, there is no significant difference other than the added inconvenience of using the second app.

NutriSense Apps are Best for…

Everyone else – with the NutriSense app, you can really dig into your data and see trends and connections you might not have realized were there. With your expert advisor, you can have professional insight into how your body handles its fuel, optimizing a nutrition plan for holistic health management and wellness.

Pricing Comparison

For the FreeStyle Libre, you need a prescription, and prices vary after that. Through NutriSense, you benefit from our scale and referral network, so your prices are low and stable for as long as you want new CGMs.

Try NutriSense with Your FreeStyle Libre CGM to Get Started with Your Very Own Dietitian

Continuous glucose monitors (CGM) have been used in diabetic populations for many years and have been considered safe and effective by the FDA. NutriSense offers, for the first time, the same CGM technology for the public to use alongside Registered Dietitians. For populations in which a CGM would not be officially medically indicated, it can work wonderfully and be helpful for monitoring purposes. NutriSense CGMs come with an innovative app that lets you track your blood glucose levels, and every meal is different. A specific food’s effect on a person’s blood glucose levels is also changed by how it is prepared and what other foods are eaten. Different people also eat different amounts of food, so having an individual readout of your blood glucose levels can be effective.

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Do You Know How Healthy Your Breakfast Cereal Is?

Cereal is one of the most popular breakfast foods out there—but how healthy is it, really? Review the nutritional content of some popular breakfast cereals, and learn how to choose a healthy option for your individual needs.

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Obesity: What You Should Know and Some New Research on the Condition
Obesity: What You Should Know and Some New Research on the Condition

Did you know that more than two in five adults have obesity? Find out more about the pressing public health issue, review some new research that is shedding light on the condition, and learn how to diagnose and treat it.

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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim
Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim

Purim, a joyous occasion celebrated around March or April every year, is just around the corner! Read on to learn more about the holiday and the delicious foods that accompany it.

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Vinegar and Blood Sugar: Does It Lower It?
Vinegar and Blood Sugar: Does It Lower It?

Read on to find out what impact, if any, vinegar really has on our body’s ability to balance blood sugar.

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Meal Frequency and Insulin Sensitivity: How Many Times Should You be Eating in a Day?
Meal Frequency and Insulin Sensitivity: How Many Times Should You be Eating in a Day?

If you have insulin sensitivity, is eating two large meals a day or three to five smaller meals better? Find out more about the relationship between meal frequency and insulin sensitivity, and how many times you should be eating in a day.

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Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common yet often ignored condition. Learn more about the symptoms to watch out for, how you can seek treatment, and read first-hand accounts from two women who have dealt with endometriosis.

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8
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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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Can Eating Pizza Raise Your Blood Glucose Levels?
Can Eating Pizza Raise Your Blood Glucose Levels?

Pizza can be challenging to enjoy eating without worrying about how it affects your health. But while it may be indulgent, it is possible to prepare or order it in a way that won’t wreak havoc on your health or blood sugar levels. Read on to find out more!

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Insulin Levels?
Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Insulin Levels?

Review our post on the impacts artificial sweeteners have on blood glucose, insulin, and other areas of your personal health.

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8
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What Research Says About Sleep and Blood Sugar Levels
What Research Says About Sleep and Blood Sugar Levels

Recent research has shown that sleep and blood glucose are intricately connected. Read on to learn more about what this means for your blood sugar levels and overall health.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Menopause and Metabolic Health
Understanding the Relationship Between Menopause and Metabolic Health

Did you know that menopause can affect your metabolic health, and vice versa? Read on to understand the relationship between metabolic health and menopause, and how to manage metabolic health during your menopausal journey. 

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How a Continuous Blood Sugar Monitor Can Help You Find Your Perfect Diet
How a Continuous Blood Sugar Monitor Can Help You Find Your Perfect Diet

In this episode learn the truth about how we react to certain foods in regards to our blood sugar response and how you can tailor your diet according to your CGM results.

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All About Blood Sugar With Molly Downey, RDN
All About Blood Sugar With Molly Downey, RDN

This week, dive into how to eat your carbs and manage your blood sugar, too with Molly Downey, RDN, LDN.

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8
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A NutriSense Dietitian's Favorite Kitchen Staples
A NutriSense Dietitian's Favorite Kitchen Staples

Food can be fun, pleasurable, and nutritious all at the same time. Read on to learn more about the two nutrient-dense kitchen staples one of our dietitians swears by to help optimize her health!

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10 Tastiest Nutrient-Dense Foods From Around the World
10 Tastiest Nutrient-Dense Foods From Around the World

Instead of the type or amount of food you eat, you should focus on the amount of nutrients you're adding to every meal. Here are some of our favorite nutrient-dense foods from around the world to help you get started.

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Do Pineapples Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Do Pineapples Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Learn everything you need to know about pineapples, your health, and your blood glucose levels, and see how our dietitians like to eat the sweet, tropical fruit. 

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Setting Up The Right Diet Plan For Prediabetes [+Sample Diet Plan Included]
Setting Up The Right Diet Plan For Prediabetes [+Sample Diet Plan Included]

Learn more about the relationship between prediabetes and your diet, and see how to build a diet plan that works for you with some great tips, tricks and recipes from our nutrition team!

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9
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What You Should Know About Acupuncture
What You Should Know About Acupuncture

Learn more about the research on, as well as the benefits and risks of acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine that involves inserting needles into your body for pain and stress relief.

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6
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Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]
Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]

Learn everything you need to know about the relationship between triglycerides levels and blood glucose.


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A Guide to Ayurveda
A Guide to Ayurveda

From acupuncture to chiropractic treatments and homeopathy to holistic healing, complementary and alternative medicine is increasing in popularity. Read on to learn more about Ayurveda, a healing system that originated in India thousands of years ago.  

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Sugar and Cholesterol: Does Sugar Raise Your Cholesterol Levels?
Sugar and Cholesterol: Does Sugar Raise Your Cholesterol Levels?

Learn about the impact sugar has on your cholesterol levels and ways to manage your sugar intake.