Who Should Use a CGM? Read On to See If You Qualify

With the everyday increase in the use of technology, the ways of the world are changing—and generally, improving.

As the convenience of this technology expands, you can see a very distinct impact on our everyday lives. So much so, that the use of tech for important and impacting roles can even change the way we look at our own health.

If you’re living with diabetes, you should consider the use of a CGM, a continuous glucose monitor, to make managing your diabetes more convenient.

 

Why should diabetic patients consider CGM?

Staying on top of your glucose levels can help save you from medical issues that generally come with the everyday risk of diabetes.

However, methods like finger-pricking and outdated ways to track those levels should be left in the past.

If you’re eligible to make the switch—which we’ll discuss later on in this article—you should ultimately consider making the CGM change.

What is a CGM?

A continuous glucose monitor is a simple-to-use device placed right underneath your skin. It measures the interstitial fluid (around your cells) to formulate a number for your glucose level.

It then alerts you when your levels are low and high in real-time so you can take action immediately. These alerts go directly to its complemented display device or mobile app.

The Advantages of a CGM

Using a CGM can come with a few cons—however, the pros will definitely outweigh the worry.

If you’re still on the fence when deciding whether or not to implement CGM into your daily diabetes management, check out these pros:

  • You can see your sugar levels in real-time and be able to act immediately as needed.
  • You can also keep track of them and see a history of your levels, to get a better understanding of developing a health plan that works for you. (See trends).
  • You can reduce—or in some cases, completely eliminate—the necessity of finger-prick checks.
  • It can reduce hypos and improve your HbA1c levels.

Still haven’t convinced you?

Here’s a closer look at the true benefits of CGM.

Informational Input: Staying ahead of your health and being on top of your measurements is the key to diabetes management. If you’ve been doing the traditional, manual method of blood sugar measurements, you may feel pretty confident about knowing your body. However, the glucose levels in those in-between times may surprise you!

CGM can keep you up-to-date throughout the day—and night (which is helpful to notice since you’re not usually tracking while you’re sleeping).

This ongoing measurement and tracking can help you evaluate how a variety of food and activity can impact your sugar levels.

Security, Peace, and Confidence: Being in the dark about your health can lead to stressful situations and emotions. However, understanding your diabetes and how to best manage your body can help you stay confident in your health monitoring.

CGM can help give you a sense of security and peace with tangible results that will keep you in control of what you need to know—at all times.

The consistent flow of information also eliminates the need to test multiple times a day, which can be quite disruptive.

Help You Manage: Although it doesn’t have a direct effect on the way you manage your business—it can impact how you manage your health, in the best way.

With the introduction and accessibility to new and updated information, whenever you want it, this can help you stay well-regulated and stable with your levels. The insight to all this information can help you take action and be more responsible with watching what you eat, taking supplements, sleeping habits, and your exercise levels.  

 

Who Is Eligible for a CGM?

Before you check in with your doctor to see if you are able to use a CGM, we can help inform you about the basics.

CGM can be generally suggested for those patients with type 1 diabetes. Conclusive research is also being conducted at the moment to learn more about how a CGM can help affect those with type 2 diabetes.

A CGM can also be used by both adults and children, if they have an applicable doctor’s prescription—so please speak to your doctor about the implementation of a CGM for your diabetes management.

CGMs can even be used by children as young as two years adult—especially if they are already on intensive insulin therapy and have hypoglycemia unawareness.

CGM can also be useful for children who also have frequent hypos, play at high levels in their chosen sport or have other medical issues.

As an adult, if you have found that you suffer from at least ONE severe hypo per year and have an HbA1c level of 75mmols/mol, then this could be a great choice for you.

How Can I Get a CGM

As we mentioned earlier, you’ll need a doctor-recommended prescription to be able to qualify to receive a CGM for your diabetes management.

For a simple, quick look before you schedule your appointment with your doctor, fill in the quick form here to see if you qualify!

You will be in the market for real-time CGM if you have been recommended by your doctor to try CGM while on intensive insulin therapy (tight blood sugar control), hypoglycemia unawareness or are often struggling with maintaining your levels of high and low blood pressure.

So, if you’re living with diabetes, on intensive insulin therapy or struggling to manage your glucose levels, you could benefit from this new technology.

Call 1-888-308-0094 today to see if you qualify for a new CGM monitor and supplies at little to no cost to you!

Who Are We?

TryCGM is a long-time company that specializes in mail-order diabetic testing supplies.

We here at TryCGM are migrating rapidly towards shifting our new and old patients to our CGM model.

We specialize in treatments for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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*Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol, when symptoms do not match system readings when you suspect readings may be in accurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

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FreeStyle Libre and FreeStyle Libre 14 day Flash Glucose Monitoring systems are continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices indicated for replacing blood glucose testing and detecting trends and tracking patterns aiding in the detection of episodes of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, facilitating both acute and long-term therapy adjustments in persons (age 18 and older) with diabetes. The systems are intended for single patient use and require a prescription.

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