So, I know a little about the continuous glucose monitor. My new endo is telling me that I should get one. I don’t know much about it at all. Should I get it?
Yes…You should get it… I have taken it 2 months back and it has helped me a lot in leveling my sugar level… I would suggest everyone to take it once a year… If you want to get to know more about cgm … I hope that I can help you
I know a little about the continuous glucose monitor. My new endo is telling me that I should get one. I don’t know much about it at all. Should I get it?My answer for someone who is "new" to CGM has always been, "Well, it depends ..."
It is true that, as Neethu said, a CGM which is working well for you can be a real game changer when it comes to your quality of life controlling your BG (Blood Glucose). The catch is that phrase “working well for you”. People’s experiences with CGM can and do vary, much as people’s individual experiences of diabetes vary. Sometimes it can be very different.
My personal opinion is that you should consider trying and then possibly using a CGM. But here are some others things you might want to consider first.
Find out how much it will cost you. You can probably do this by talking to Dexcom and having them talk to your insurance company. Coverage for CGM differs with different insurance plans. You want to find out how much it would cost you to use CGM as it’s one of the things which may affect how well it “works” for you.
You should definitely ask about doing a trial run with the CGM before committing. Try it for at least a week or three to find out how well it works for you and whether or not it is useful for you. But don’t commit ahead of time to a large outlay in case you decide it’s not for you. At the very least negotiate some way to return stuff for a refund?
Finally, one of the things which folks never seem to think of when recommending using CGM is that it seems to drive some people crazy. I personally love my CGM. But I have read posts from other people who thought the constant data about their BG level made them more anxious. Their experience of CGM was a lot of stress.
Speaking for myself, I truly do not understand that perspective at all. But as I said people differ. One of the things to think about before considering CGM is what type of person you think you are. Are you someone who would be more comfortable having more insight and control over your BG? Or would the feedback be unwelcome?
As I said, it just depends. I think the best route to take is to negotiate a CGM trial period so you can just try it and see how it goes. Allow enough time to allow you to familiar with the system so you don’t decide just on first impression.
I would definitely recommend the Dexcom!! I love my Dexcom, and as a teenager I have heard stories about teens not paying attention to their blood sugar, and their situation becoming dangerous very quickly. With a Dexcom CGM, it is still possible to ignore your blood sugar, but it is definitely harder to do so. There are also technologies such as NightScout and Dexcom Share that can help you be even more aware of your blood sugar. I was also excited to find out that a Dexcom and OmniPod pairing is coming out hopefully in 2017 (I also have an OmniPod pump)!!
Some people have negative experiences with CGMs and hate them, but as @zjohnnyr said, my experience has only been positive! Hope this has been helpful!!!
Oh my gosh! Are they?! I’ve been thinking for about a year now about getting an OmniPod pump. That’s awesome!
I have an OmniPod & I absolutely LOVE it!! I wouldn’t trade it… I love the fact that it is wireless & there are no tubes to deal with. The company also has great customer service too. If you would like to PM me, feel free!