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Continuous Glucose Monitoring

A Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is an FDA approved wearable device that allows you to monitor your blood sugar in real time, 24/7. It continuously tests your blood sugar every 1 to 5 minutes, so you can do fewer or no fingersticks, depending on the device. It allows you to be proactive (rather than reactive), because it displays the BS reading and the projected trend, so you can intervene before your blood sugar goes too high or low. This information can be transmitted to your phone and shared with loved ones who can also monitor your blood glucose levels. This device is particularly suited to diabetics with uncontrolled or fluctuating blood sugars, as well as if you are unaware when your blood sugar is low (hypoglycemia). Some CGM have alerts to inform you when your blood sugars are out of a preset range.

How does a CGM work?

This convenient wearable device has a fine sensor that is inserted into the skin and continuously measures the glucose levels in the fluid between cells. These readings are then transmitted wirelessly to either your phone and/or a monitor screen. These results are reviewed by your endocrinologist to optimize blood sugar control in diabetics.