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MIAOMIAO 2 - Libre as CGM

MiaoMiao is one of the best ways to turn your Freestyle Libre Sensors into a full CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring ) and now the second generation version is out ! This is a short presentation and review/ early impressions of the new MiaoMiao 2 device which much like it's predecessor is absolutely fascinating ! YouTube video review also available

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional and this product is not a medical device; all the information on this website is based on my personal experience from living with t1d. Always contact a medical professional when making treatment decisions.

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DISCLOSURE: this device was sent to me for free by the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review // this blog post also contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I will receive a small commission. I will never recommend a product or service I do not believe in.

MiaoMiao is a small add on that basically adds a bluetooth connection to your Libre and can push your glucose readings through to your smartphone.

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Similarly to a classic CGM this allows you to get updates on your glucose levels automatically every 5 minutes; which means by using an app you can set up alarms for highs and lows; so you can catch your hypos before they even happen!

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It is also very useful particularly for parents of children with T1D because these readings can be shared online and followed throughout the day or night by the parent's phone as well!

HOW IT WORKS

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The device can be used with their official app called TOMATO on all devices but also when used with libre 1 sensors the device can be connected with SPIKE on Apple IOS and Xdrip+ or GLIMP on Android.

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These apps work with a wide range of bluetooth smartphones. Inside these applications you can connect the MiaoMiao and set up alarms for any ranges and times you want; you can add your insulin and carbs intake, as well as get graphs and average Hba1C predictions. You will get readings for as long as you are in your phone's bluetooth range and if you leave and come back you will still get these as it automatically reconnects and fills in the gaps.

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Also you can continue to keep track of your sugars even while showering or swimming as the device is waterproof with a IP67 class and will automatically reconnect to your phone every time it's out of the water. (the water body blocks Bluetooth signal so you cannot get signal underwater).

MY EXPERIENCE

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I have personally used the first generation MiaoMiao which I purchased myself for over a year now and I found it really useful and efficient. I mostly used it on an iPhoneX with the app Spike until about 4 months ago when I switched to a Pixel 3 phone and used it with xdrip+. I also briefly used the Tomato app on iOS and Android but didn't personally find it anywhere near as good as the alternatives.

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I had great connection with both devices and found it very reliable throughout. I had indeed encountered some issues after a few months with the first device that refused to charge and disconnected but I reached out to the company on Facebook and I was sent a replacement within a week upon returning the damaged one and had to pay for the return postage fees.

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Because I already used this product I was very happy to have now the opportunity to test the new upgraded version for free and to share everything I know about it with the community so I got this review out as quickly as possible but will keep you updated through my social media on how the MiaoMiao 2 really behaves long term.

MIAOMIAO 2 VS MIAOMIAO 1

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While the main difference was expected to do with compatibility you can actually upgrade your MM1 to work with the newer sensors and thus you do not really have to upgrade if you already own one of the original model.

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Probably the biggest difference is in the way it looks.The shape is more like a tiny spoon which is meant to make it easier to position and keep in place. It also weighs only 6g which is 2g less then the already very light MM1. The new shape also allows for less skin contact with the adhesive which is great news for those of us with sensitive skin.

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The new charger has only 2 pins and the reset button is now located on the front so you won't have to remove it in the unlikely event you would find yourself having to reset (I had to reset twice in one year of MM1 use) .

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According to the company the MM2 also has better Bluetooth reliability which should probably only be noticeable with older phones as MM does a great job already...and also better data reading but I fail to understand what that actually means.(perhaps more to do with the sensor shape easier to keep in position...)

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The only downside is that while the MM1 was a brilliant shiny white colour matching the libre; the MM2 is a matte soft shade of grey which I do not really like however this got me to creating some beautiful art and turn it into stickers ! You will be able to find them on my sticker shop >>here<< soon !!

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UNBOXING AND SETUP

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Straight up from the box you will find the reader, a charging usb cable and it also comes with a 20 pack of double-sided strong adhesive stickers that attach the reader to your body and to the libre sensor.

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The new MM2 also comes with a grey elastic band to keep the device in place. You will have to choose either an adult or child band size.

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You can scan the QR code on the back of the box for instructions but it is fairly straightforward same as MM1, however you can check out more on how to apply and connect the device in my video available on my YouTube channel! >>here<<

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All you really need to do is charge it and then connect it to your phone by following the steps inside the application of choice rather than your phone's bluetooth..

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The stickers are super useful however I strongly recommend using rocktape or some other type of extra attaching power to keep it in place especially after a week or so or in hot weather. The stickers will create a really strong bond to the libre and I think its very hard to remove without ripping off the sensor so its best to keep it on for the full two weeks.

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MiaoMiao sell extra stickers and the 3D printed holder bands on their website but these are also available at various other retailers online.

BATTERY

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The battery is meant to last 2 weeks and unlike the MM 1 won't last longer; this is somewhat an inconvenience as they say a full charge can take up to 3 hours which you have to do when you also change your sensors. Some users report less than a full 2 weeks on battery life.

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WHERE TO BUY

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This may seem a bit pricey but it is significantly cheaper than the upfront cost of a medical cgm systems such as dexcom or medtronic. At time of release the device including International shipping costs £147.55 GBP/ 184$ USD and can be found on

MiaoMiao

website.

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You can use my referral link and get a coupon CODE you can use at checkout to get a £8 / 10$ off your

MIAOMIAO ! << Click here <<

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The product is made by HighHigh Brilliant and has 1 year warranty.

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The product is compatible with following libre sensors Libre, Libre 2 (currently in Germany & Norway /when using TOMATO ) and USA Libre 10 day sensors.

They claim that they are working on releasing support for the USA Libre 14 day sensors, Libre PRO & H by the end of September but as of now they are not supported. I advise you wait for official confirmation of support release before purchase if you are using one of the sensors above.

// new stickers coming up on my shop soon !

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Overall I personally had a great experience with both the MiaoMiao devices and I would totally recommend this to anyone using the Freestyle Libre because it really makes a huge difference in your day to day blood glucose management.

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It's fair to mention that this is not the only way to turn your libre into a CGM there's a few more devices with similar properties out there and that each of these can be better suited for different people depending on location and circumstances. I hope to soon cover more of these devices so you can get a full picture of what is available out there.

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These include things like: Blucon, MTransmitter, Droplet, Bubble, BlueReader or GSentry.

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Also worth mentioning for the more techy inclined Libre 2 users there's a DIY #wearenotwaiting solution available and you can read more about it on

Diabettech's blog >> here <<

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Don't forget to check out my

YouTube Channel

for an unboxing video and first impressions !

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xoxo

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional and this product is not a medical device; all the information on this website is based on my personal experience from living with t1d. Always contact a medical professional when making treatment decisions.

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DISCLOSURE: this device was sent to me for free by the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review // this blog post also contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I will receive a small commission. I will never recommend a product or service I do not believe in.

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