How to Fix & Prevent Fatigue with Devices for Diabetes

Technology allows us to do amazing things, makes our lives more convenient, and can keep us healthier and happier. But as wonderful as all these devices and platforms can be, they also can become overwhelming and exhausting after a while. Think of the “Zoom fatigue” that many of us felt during this past year of coronavirus and quarantine. For people with diabetes, that same fatigue can develop with the very devices – such as continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and insulin pumps – that have transformed and improved the way they manage their condition.

“Alarm Fatigue”

It’s not that CGM or pumps become less useful, convenient, or essential; almost every eligible person who tries CGM will tell you that they can’t imagine going back to finger-pricking multiple times a day. But certain features of these devices, specifically, too many safety alarms and beeps, can start to grate on some users after a while.

“Alarm fatigue” is a genuine phenomenon for many people with diabetes who have switched to CGM or use insulin pumps. These alerts and alarms are designed to safeguard users from blood sugar highs and lows, as well as let them know of potential problems with their device. But some users feel that the frequent alarms often tell them what they already know, or sound off so often that the beeps become background noise rather than important signals they should be. Constant alarms can become “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” such that users start to ignore the alert after too many false alarms.

Personalize Your Notifications

Anyone with a smartphone understands the annoyance of too many unwanted or unneeded notifications. But most folks know that they can adjust the settings on their phone to gain control over the issue and limit their notifications to the ones that matter to them. The same goes for many diabetes devices.

On most CGM devices, you can change your settings and adjust your high and low alarms to a range that you are most comfortable with. In addition to changing thresholds for alarms, users can also put their device on silent for periods of time.

Take a Break

Whether it is a computer, tablet, smartphone, or diabetes device, taking a break from electronic devices from time to time can be beneficial to our mental health. People with diabetes can take an occasional “safe vacation” from their device as long as it doesn’t last too long and is planned such that diabetes control isn’t compromised.

As CGM and other diabetes device technology continues to improve, these advances will no doubt include more ways to customize and personalize them. This will reduce the risk of device fatigue and maximize the benefit of CGM and other devices that make life better for so many people with diabetes.

Learn More About How CGM Can Change The Way You Manage Diabetes

CGM is a tested, customizable, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their life. As smart insulin pen technology continues to develop, the use of CGM to keep blood levels in check will become even more beneficial.

Whether you’ve been living with diabetes for years or if you’ve recently received a diagnosis, CGM may be an excellent glucose monitoring solution. Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.


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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.

Reference 1: Data on file. Abbott Diabetes Care. 2, FreeStyle Libre 14 day User’s Manual

Indications and Important Safety Information

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.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Remove the sensor before MRI, CT scan, X-ray, or diathermy treatment.

WARNINGS/LIMITATIONS: Do not ignore symptoms that may be due to low or high blood glucose, hypoglycemic unawareness, or dehydration. Check sensor glucose readings with a blood glucose meter when Check Blood Glucose symbol appears, when symptoms do not match system readings, or when readings are suspected to be inaccurate. The system does not have alarms unless the sensor is scanned, and the system contains small parts that may be dangerous if swallowed. The system is not approved for pregnant women, persons on dialysis, or critically-ill population. Sensor placement is not approved for sites other than the back of the arm and standard precautions for transmission of blood borne pathogens should be taken. The built-in blood glucose meter is not for use on dehydrated, hypotensive, in shock, hyperglycemic-hyperosmolar state, with or without ketosis, neonates, critically-ill patients, or for diagnosis or screening of diabetes. When using FreeStyle LibreLink app, access to a blood glucose monitoring system is required as the app does not provide one. Review all product information before use or contact Abbott Toll Free (855-632-8658) or visit for detailed indications for use and safety information.html. . FreeStyle, Libre, and related brand marks are trademarks of Abbott Diabetes Care Inc. in various jurisdictions. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018 Abbott. ADC-09691 vLO 10/18

*The FreeStyle LibreLink app and the FreeStyle Libre 14 day reader have similar but not identical features. 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 inaccurate, or when you experience symptoms that may be due to high or low blood glucose.

The FreeStyle Libre 2 app and the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader have similar but not identical features. Fingersticks are required for treatment decisions when you see Check Blood Glucose symbol and when your glucose alarms and readings from the system do not match symptoms or expectations

‡‡‡Based on the sensor being replaced once every 14 days, and scanned at least once every 8 hours.

§§§Glucose readings are not available during 1-hour warm-up, when sensor is too hot or too cold, when you see an error or "LO" or "HI" message, or no current glucose reading