Livongo Meter

Diabetes Force
By Diabetes Force Latest Reply 2017-04-01 06:42:31 -0500
Started 2017-03-26 13:55:06 -0500

I started using my new Livongo meter that I got through my insurance from work. This meter comes with free supplies and a network of diabetes educators and nurses who are on call 24 hours a day to answer your questions. This meter is pretty amazing in that it will send messages to these representatives of this program straight from your meter as soon as you check your blood sugar. They will then call you or send you messages through your meter minutes after you check your blood sugar to give you coaching on how to manage your diabetes. Does anyone have a similar program that does this? I believe this program should be offered to everyone who suffers from diabetes. It is a great help.


39 replies

Clg4
Clg4 2017-03-28 13:25:01 -0500 Report

I never heard of the Livongo Meter.

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 01:43:47 -0500 Report

It is a very good meter. Has some good features like a logbook and text messages that give you diabetes related health tips. Does have the big brother feature though. But you can turn it off if you don't want coaches calling you. Like I said it may not be for everyone but as for me I like using it and the test strips and lancets are free and shipped to you. The meter will tell you when it is time to reorder your supplies.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2017-03-31 21:42:09 -0500 Report

how accurate is your meter mine is 15 points lower than my accu check meter

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 23:56:24 -0500 Report

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you on your question been working a lot of hours. The Livongo meter will be about the same 15 points off of what my AccuCheck Aviva meter will be and at times they will be the same.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2017-03-28 01:28:13 -0500 Report

its sad that if these companys like Livango can give suppies out like candy for holloween why cant other companys do the same . for all ppl .

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 01:56:49 -0500 Report

I agree with you. It should not be limited to one company that will do this. I am appreciative for what they do but your right, diabetics should have all available resources that are out there and more companies should help all not just a few.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-03-28 11:09:49 -0500 Report

uh … it's not "free"
IF your insurance/employer offers it there can still be up to $75 monthly co-pay ($900 annual maximum)
not available to me … but, it is a good idea and if available to you … go for it!
but make no mistake … this is a for profit business

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 01:58:36 -0500 Report

I know that for now they are not charging me. However that may change in the future. Companies will do what they can to cut costs and make profits.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-03-31 11:16:56 -0500 Report

"Companies will do what they can to cut costs and make profits." as they are required by regulations to do so (at least publicly held companies)
but if it improves employee morale and productivity it would be a benefit to keep the service free or at nominal cost to the employee

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-28 00:36:32 -0500 Report

I've have read each and every one of your comments and I understand each of your points. I just wanted to put it out there that it may save someone some money in this day and age. It may not be for everyone but for me I like to save money especially when it comes to my supplies. It's a shame that diabetics have to pay the high costs of their testing supplies and medicines. It is free and the supplies do show up when you need them. Coaches are using ADA guidelines and I have told my coach that each diabetic is different. We all are unique in how our bodies react to this disease. My coach understands that I will not make any changes I feel will be detrimental to my treatment plan and I will not do anything unless my doctor says its alright. Thank each and everyone of you for participating in this conversation and good luck with your diabetes.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-03-27 20:04:15 -0500 Report

I just sent a request to the Livongo company but they said they only accept individuals that are affiliated with certain companies. They said they would add me to their mailing list. It certainly sounds like it could be the cutting edge for people who have problems maintaining control, not sure I qualify on all their counts. I have reduced and maintained pretty good control for the last few A1C test.

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 02:02:19 -0500 Report

Hopefully they will open up to all who are interested in their program in the future. I know it is hard to get this type of help when it comes to diabetes. It has saved me some money and has given me motivation to take better care of my diabetes and start testing more often.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2017-03-27 19:14:21 -0500 Report

yester day I was on FB and Livango has ad to enroll ppl should try it

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 02:05:18 -0500 Report

Hopefully you can get enrolled in the program. I wish you all the luck. I know I have had such a hard time taking care of my diabetes but with this program I am actually happy to test more often and look at my personal web page that shows me all the info I need to manage this disease.

msann
msann 2017-03-27 10:32:55 -0500 Report

hey hadnt tried that one i am on one touch reveal loving real good dont have sharing feature and rep to call you sounds great all this free?

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-31 02:07:14 -0500 Report

It is for me but I don't know if it will be for others. My company got started with this program to help their employees better manage their health and lower insurance costs.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-03-26 20:57:17 -0500 Report

I can see where that could most definitely help as long as you have coaches who are educated enough to not fall for the failed ADA guideline things concerning diabetes. As most of us have learned through our experiences those failed Ideas don't work and lead to our condition to only get worse. So that program is only as good as those coaches , many of which only know what they were taught in a classroom. Real life experiences is much different than what is being taught. Most of our old group know more than most of these dietitians and coaches. Look at how many of us have had to educate our doctors as to what is wrong with their diets.

w8chd
w8chd 2017-03-26 23:26:00 -0500 Report

Very true! All of them only know what they read in their textbooks. If one could be lucky enough to get a doctor who is diabetic themselves, then your office visits would be far more productive.

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-03-27 06:55:58 -0500 Report

Dr Richard Bernstein is a diabetic himself. Dr. Bernstein has had diabetes for 72 years — since the age of eleven. … The patients who visit Dr. Bernstein undergo a treatment regimen unlike any other .

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2017-03-26 17:02:37 -0500 Report

Anything that helps you manage your diabetes more effectively is good and I can see where this would be valuable, particularly for newly diagnosed people. I am constantly learning about diabetes and my body. The more knowledge we have, the better prepared we are to attempt to control and manage our condition.

suecsdy
suecsdy 2017-03-26 15:20:23 -0500 Report

I think I might like to try something like that. My nurse support through Tricare ended when I went on the Medicare rolls. It was a big help to be able to ask questions that I might have forgotten or hadn't thought of to ask my Dr. During my early days of diabetes when I was stressed and depressed and in tears half the time, she was a huge help to me. I don't think Medicare has such a program.

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-26 15:36:14 -0500 Report

I think that it would be of great benefit for someone like yourself because like I said they give you over the phone teaching and support you don't get from most doctors treating your diabetes. The meter actually will give you text form tips on how to control your diabetes also. It has a log book and direct email and phone access to these representatives who can help answer any questions you may have. Kind of like having one on one teaching and help. Its too bad that most insurances don't have such a program.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2017-03-27 19:12:03 -0500 Report

ya its really great the meter is awsome and all the suppies are free as many as you need the other day Iwas down to my last 50 strips and my meter ask me if i wanted to order mos I pushed yes and 5 days they sent me 300 and 300 needles the coaches suck they going by ADA rules but the supplies are free
I have Biue Cross Blue Shield it covers it alll free oh the meter will tell wut do if too low or too high and asks you if you want to talk to a nurse 24 /7

WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT 2017-03-27 20:15:16 -0500 Report

Well right now I have Humana, and they have denied some of my medications and changed the brand of meter they cover strips for many times. My medicare starts in June this year not sure how far they will go on covering my medications and supplies. I guess the ADA guidelines is all that those coaches can legally go by, although we know where those went wrong now.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-03-26 14:59:41 -0500 Report

a bit too "big brother" for me.

w8chd
w8chd 2017-03-26 20:59:31 -0500 Report

That was my thoughts. Might be good for a new diabetic but I don't like the automatic sharing of information. I'd have to turn that feature off.

Scared ****less
Scared ****less 2017-03-27 19:31:12 -0500 Report

new or and dog like me this is saving me about 50 dollars amonth on strips because my insurance would give 300 every 3 months with a 100 dollar deductable and I would still have to buy 50 more towards the end of my 3rd month now I test as much as I want and its free Plus all my info goes directly to my Dr

Diabetes Force
Diabetes Force 2017-03-26 15:07:06 -0500 Report

Your right but having that extra support gives someone like myself who really doesn't have that support at home a little bit of motivation. You only give them the information you want to give them. The program also lowers my insurance costs just by participating in it. It may not be for everyone but I'm just saying it has started to help lead me in the right direction with my diabetes treatment.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2017-03-26 15:17:04 -0500 Report

yes, "going it alone" can make it much more difficult. so if this gives you some help and or motivation and you are comfortable with the system then it could be a real blessing.

namaste
☮ Steve

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