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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Continuous Glucose Monitors 101

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Continuous Glucose Monitors

The main features of a continuous glucose monitoring system

Components: All CGMs include three parts: a sensor that goes under the skin to measure glucose levels in fluid under the skin, a transmitter that connects to the sensor and relays data, and a receiver, which displays and stores your glucose data so you can download readings to your computer and create reports.

Range: The greatest distance, wearing your sensor, you can be from your receiver and still allow wireless data transfer to occur.

Calibration: To make sure your CGM is accurate, you'll be required to calibrate it by testing your blood glucose with a meter and entering the number.

Sensor Duration: How long you can wear a CGM sensor before you have to insert a new one.

Pump Interaction: Of the three available CGMs, only one functions as both an insulin pump and CGM, reducing the number of devices you need to wear and placing all diabetes data in one spot.

Alarms: You can program your CGM to alert you when you hit specific glucose levels or when your glucose is rising or falling rapidly.

Arrows: Icons on your receiver that display the direction your blood glucose is trending as well as how quickly it's rising or falling.

 
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