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August 14, 2018
CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) A Beginner’s Guide.
When you live with diabetes a common term you might hear is Continuous Glucose Monitoring, also known as C.G.M. For the uninitiated to the world of diabetes management, C.G.M. might seem an overwhelmingly daunting task. All types of questions can…
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When you live with diabetes a common term you might hear is Continuous Glucose Monitoring, also known as C.G.M. For the uninitiated to the world of diabetes management, C.G.M. might seem an overwhelmingly daunting task. All types of questions can present you with a challenge but with a little information such as the kind laid out here can help clear up any concerns.
What is C.G.M.?
C.G.M. or Continuous Glucose Monitoring consists of a transceiver device with an attached small sensor that fits underneath the epidermal layer your skin. C.G.M. models may vary so it will usually be placed in an area on your arm or your stomach. This sensor measures glucose levels found in your interstitial fluid, the fluid found between your cells and is a good method of measuring sugar levels of the body.
These devices persistently analyze glucose levels and sends that data to a wireless monitor nearby. Depending on the type of device you are using and programmed settings the sensor can collect readings every 1-15 minutes. If glucose falls too low, it will trigger an alarm on the monitoring device, usually worn on a belt clip nearby. Some newer models are able to send collected data to a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Who Should Use C.G.M.?
If you suffer from a lot of blood sugar highs and lows, hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia, gestational diabetes, or use an insulin pump, speak to your doctor about using a C.G.M. system.
Pros of Using C.G.M.
- Reduces the need for traditional glucose checks by pricking of the finger, although most will need to do so on a regular basis.
- Helps keep blood sugar levels stable.
- Understanding exactly when your blood sugar spikes can help tremendously on keeping the condition under control.
Cons of Using C.G.M.
- These C.G.M. systems can be costly and possibly are not covered by certain health insurance plans.
- Accuracy may be off with these systems at the time of this writing, so traditional glucose monitoring methods are still necessary.
What’s Included in a C.G.M. System?
All available systems now are somewhat different, but will usually include a sensor and a monitoring device. Some systems are now smartphone, tablet, and computer compatible with special software to interface with the sensor. Some research would be necessary to learn about the numerous apps and add-ons included with their corresponding systems. Here at US MED we offer systems from trusted brand names like Dexcom, FreeStyle, Animas, Tandem, and Eversense.
Should your health care provider suggest a Continuous Glucose Management system to help manage your diabetes or blood sugar condition, there are quite a number of options available. Make sure to do some additional research to make sure you get a system that best fits your lifestyle. US MED has more information on C.G.M. systems below, as well as a number to call should you need additional guidance in choosing the right C.G.M. system for you.