All About the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)

We recently got an email from a reader who loves the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) and asked us to write an article about it in Sweet Life magazine next year – we will! Here’s what he has to say about it.
I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic since 2006 (at age 27). I’m on MDI (multiple daily injections) and not on a pump. Apidra + Lantus.
Early this year, I started using a CGM, it made a massive difference in how I treat my glucose levels.
I don’t think everyone knows the power of a CGM such as:
* it gives me a reading every 5 minutes
* given above, it provides a graph which clearly show you that you are going high or low
* it provides alarms to alert you about lows and highs.
* useful statistics, you can calculate your average and time in target much better
* useful to see the dawn phenomenon in action when you wake up, i.e. easily correct your basal rate.
* useful when exercising, you don’t have to stop to take a BG check, just checkout your graph all the time.
* glucose values can be automatically uploaded online such that family members can monitor you remotely. This feature is very handy for keeping track of T1D children.
I experienced the FreeStyle Libre (not really a CGM, but almost) and I’m using the Dexcom G4 now. Yes, the sad part is that they are expensive, but some people might be able to afford them. The G4 sensor is suppose to be used for only 7 days, but many people get 3-4 weeks out of them. My first sensor lasted 30 days, which makes them more affordable.
My online real-time glucose values :
it is using nightscout (I hope you have heard about ;))
I have a blog where I post CGM related stuff once in a while:
It would be great if you can look into CGM’s in one of the magazine issues.
– Jaco
Jaco also sent a link to his Type 1 Diabetes Survival Kit, which is very helpful!
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6 thoughts on “All About the Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)

  1. I’ve been asking about a CGM for years now. We most certainly have the technology to create them utilizing an implanted transmitter and a wrist worn receiver.

    That they are still too expensive for us diabetics is just robbery by the manufacturers…. we buy their insulin, and they should make these freely available…. It will improve the lives of millions on the planet, especially children.

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