Continuous glucose monitoring

Nikki Sheriff
By Nikki Sheriff Latest Reply 2013-05-05 13:25:22 -0500
Started 2013-04-24 19:46:14 -0500

Any insulin dependents have a continuous glucose meter? What's your opinion? Worth it or waste of money?

13 replies

Preacher79 2013-04-27 23:28:45 -0500 Report

I have a Dexcom as well as the Omnipod. For me it is a lifesaver as my sugar can move so fast up and down. Sometimes in the early morning hours it starts rising and without the alarms I would not be able to manage my sugars as well. I have been as low as 35 and high as 350 in as little as 6 hrs. This was when I was running fever and had infection in my system. During such times my Dexcom is very nice to have.

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-27 07:46:13 -0500 Report

I've had the Dexcom G4 platinum since October 2012, due to hypoglycemia. I've been a T1 since August 2011! I love it, my husband and I sleep better at night, way too many lows were causing havoc on my system. I would eventually love to wean myself off of it, because I feel like I've become dependent on it, but for now Dr. Says I need it. I do, due to hypoglycemic unawareness, my BGused to go as low as 35 before I felt anything! What a scary feeling! Good luck!

Katie Beth
Katie Beth 2013-04-26 21:16:20 -0500 Report

I am 26 and just got diagnosed as a LADA diabetic 3/13/13. I ordered my Dexcom G4 this week and should get it soon. From everyone I have talked to the Dexcom G4 is the way to go! I will let you know.

Type1Lou 2013-04-26 15:03:07 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed Type 1 at age 27 and am 64 now. I just started using a pump about 18 months ago and had been on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) of Lantus and Novolog immediately prior to that. I haven't seen the need yet for a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor). I love the freedom and flexibility the pump gives me, as well as the better control. I do test my BG from 6 to 7 times a day. In the early 2000's, I discovered that restricting my carbohydrate intake was beneficial to my BG control. (I came to that conclusion after reading Dr. Richard Bernstein's book "Diabetes Solution". Although I eat more carbs at 120 grams per day than Dr Bernstein recommends, I found it works for me. My last A1c was 6.8. I'd like to get it back into the low 6's. You will get confilicting opinions about the amount of carbs you should or should not eat…even the experts disagree. The key is finding what works for YOU.

Controlling our BG's is essential if we wish to avoid some of the nasty complications of diabetes. JonJon, below, notes that he has lost the use of both legs as a result. I have some slight neuropathy in my toes but do not feel at all impaired by my diabetes. I agree with JonJon that diabetes need not define who we are, BUT, I feel I need to accommodate my diabetes in many decisions I make to insure a good quality of life.

Wishing you well!

Jan8 2013-04-26 09:24:51 -0500 Report

I tried a fake one and didnt like it on my body. Movement resricted.

daydreamer630 2013-05-05 13:25:22 -0500 Report

I agree. I wore a three day senor from my Dr. office and personally, I hated it.When my family asked about how I liked the senor, I told them I felt like a robot. I don't know if it was just the location, but I felt like I had to avoid certain movements so I wouldn't hurt it.

JiMMy DCC 2013-04-25 14:10:17 -0500 Report

I have the Dexcom G4. I have to say it's very accurate and I love it. I had the previous version and fought with it all the time. Had issues with losing the signal as well. But the new G4 so far has been a champ. I've been using it for a month now. And no complaints at all.

Nikki Sheriff
Nikki Sheriff 2013-04-25 15:04:47 -0500 Report

I had heard that about the other brands. It sounds like if I get one, Dexcom is the way to go. Thank you for your response!

GitchyMe 2013-04-25 12:53:20 -0500 Report

I love and hate my CGM. It has only been since January, but it has helped me tremendously. I agree with Ebony that going without it once you've had it is hard. Love it because I can get a "reading" from my pump without a finger prick if I am feeling wonky, lows really scare me cuz I am alone a lot during the day. It is kinda like a little security blanket and i would say without it I feel less in control…if that makes sense.

Nikki Sheriff
Nikki Sheriff 2013-04-25 15:06:40 -0500 Report

I know what you mean, I have small children to take care of during the day, so I worry about lows. I'm all out of wack right now because my honeymoon just ended and I'm trying to get it back on track. That's why I'm considering getting one. Thank you for your response!

Ebony Faith
Ebony Faith 2013-04-24 21:53:03 -0500 Report

I've had a CGM for five years. I have hypoglycemia unawareness and I find it very helpful. It's not accurate to the exact point, but it gives me a good idea general idea if I'm shooting up or dropping. It also communicates with my pump with an alarm that goes off it my blood sugar gets too high or too low. It makes me sleep a little better at night. Te only downside is if you can drop really fast, the CGM won't catch it as quickly because it only takes a reading every 3-5 minutes. I had to go without mine for six weeks because of insurance issues and it drove me nuts. Not going to let that happen again even if I have to pay out of pocket for them. Hope this helps.

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