Continuous Glucose Meters

By SuzeeQQQ Latest Reply 2014-04-05 13:15:33 -0500
Started 2014-04-01 12:24:55 -0500

Wondering how people feel about continuous glucose meters. I sometimes think that a lot of my anxiety between injection and 2 hours after when I test again comes from not knowing my number. I really feel like it would be helpful to know my number ongoing. Thoughts?

Tags: blood sugar

13 replies

SuzeeQQQ 2014-04-04 00:20:07 -0500 Report

Thank you everybody. There were definitely things about the CGM that I did not know. Lot of good info share here.

cdbamerson 2014-04-03 19:41:29 -0500 Report

I hated the CGM. It wouldn't stay inserted all the way no matter how much tape I used. It beeped at me nonstop when my BG wAs about to be low, when it was low, when about to be high, when high, with a quick drop or a quick rise. Drove me crazy!!!! I ended up selling it to my family dr who's also T1.

Type1Lou 2014-04-03 18:00:48 -0500 Report

A CGM can be helpful in providing data about metabolism of BG. I struggle with Dawn Phenomenon highs and often thought that a CGM would be helpful in trying to figure out the correct basal dosage to eliminate them but, I don't like the idea of another gizmo connected to my body in addition to my pump and, Medicare does not cover the CGM cost which is substantial. A CGM also does not eliminate the need to test via meter as others have stated.

diabeticdummy 2014-04-01 22:45:10 -0500 Report

Well I had to wear a cbgm for a week and you still have to finger prick four times a day to calibrate readings from monitor so when I got my pump I changed from the cbgm to a wireless bgm that talks to my pump each time I test I felt if I still have to finger stick why do the cbgm plus it really hurts insurting it a kinda a hassle to hook and tape up especially if your alone when it needs charging and testing plus have to change pump sites every few days and cbgm needs it own site so I lose two sites every couple days instead of just one to overcome the anxiety of testing just went crazy for a week just testing all the time no real set times sometimes up to fifteen times a day with the cheap Walmart bgm strips cheap 9$ per hundred didn't care what reading was then four or five times a day used my good meter two things happened I got used to testing a lot and after putting recorded numbers after a week got a good picture of how insulin food and liver dump affected me learned a lot and also made my endo happy as I started testing like I'm supposed to also stated testing on forearms for sample less hurt and fingers don't ache your lancer should come with a different top for Palm and forearm testing and bg numbers aren't that different I found on me are only 10 point difference and was higher on fore arm I do slit of trying things out to help me get control of my bg hope this helps good luck

wasted.wonder 2014-04-01 15:12:27 -0500 Report

hey suzee.
i am a very lazy guy and have thought not only about continuous glucose meters but even a step further. i call it a proportionate insulin dispenser and have spoken to my doc regarding this some 38479327498223 times. it would have to be something like an insulin pump with an inbuilt blood glucose testing mechanism that measures the body glucose and automatically releases the required levels of insulin. thus doing away with setting dosages, pricks, syringes once and for all. but the major problem is that the equipment would require a PLC (programmable logic controller) or a brain in common parlance, which would test the blood glucose and transmit it to the machine. the machine should then understand the blood glucose levels and dispense the requisite units of insulin immediately. but another problem that could arise would be that if you workout after the dose is administered then the dispensed insulin cannot be taken back, therefore it needs to have some sort of a mechanism to increase the blood glucose level something like a highly calorific/energy liquid to be given intravenous. so, basically it then becomes more of a bulky machine with a lot of wirings and testers, thus hampering freedom of movement of the patient. then the calibration, wirings, and testers would have to be checked and verified every now or then .therefore i believe it is better that a cure to diabetes is found coz whatever sophistication may be done, diabetes is always going to have the upper hand. i may sound a bit low but it is what it is, you cant help it. once you are D you are in for a show of lifetime. : ) cheers and take care

MomIsAMess 2014-04-03 16:04:13 -0500 Report

It does not automatically dispense as needed. that's the only thing you would have to be responsible for. But the rest…it does exist.

It is an expense that will send you to the poor house if it does not get approved by your insurance. Unless you are independently wealthy in that case it is not a problem and I am your new Bestes Freiend. :D

I had it for my last pregnancy. It's fantastic! The beeping gets a little irritating though.

wasted.wonder 2014-04-05 13:15:33 -0500 Report

it cannot send me to the poor house since i am already there
; D)))

i want this thing and am thinking of robbing a bank in few days to meet the expenses. since ur my bestest friend over here, join me in this mission. one more favor, get me one truck, face masks, ropes, guns and a cheese cake with chocolate syrup (in case my sugar levels drop) ???

other applicants who wish to join me in the noble cause can send in their latest cv's at small.
*only serious candidates to apply
: D

SuzeeQQQ 2014-04-01 15:59:00 -0500 Report

You know that's a real thing, right? An artificial pancreas device system (APDS)—an innovative device that automatically monitors blood glucose and provides appropriate insulin doses in people with diabetes who use insulin. I believe they are in the clinical trial stage of those. I am just talking about the continuous glucose meter (CGM) at this point. I don't think I am interested in a pump, so, the artificial pancreas wouldn't be on my radar yet.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-01 13:56:20 -0500 Report

I've felt the same way about the 2 hours, but…what are you going to change? You can't really dose more if the insulin hasn't ran it's course. My endo kind of pointed it out to me, I've had more accurate doses by waiting and measuring the full effect. I think CGM's can be very helpful, just probably not for that

SuzeeQQQ 2014-04-01 15:49:44 -0500 Report

I guess my thinking was I get anxious and am "certain" that I am low and can't wait until I get to 2 hours to check it, and then I am either in a panic until time hits, or, I waste a strip to find that I was fine, except that every now and then I am low (low for me, not actual low).

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-02 06:28:51 -0500 Report

I get what your saying, but a wasted strip is what 50 cents roughly? 7 day sensors are about 90 bucks.
Do you log your meter readings? You can learn a lot with a food journal and a BS log (pun intended) and look for patterns

SuzeeQQQ 2014-04-02 09:32:50 -0500 Report

what you say makes a lot of sense. I hadn't actually looked at the cost of the CGM and it's supplies. I also did not realize I would still have to test multiple times per day. I only know one person who has one and not that well, he was a sales rep in to see me a couple months ago and I asked why he had 2 phones (one was the meter thing) and he was telling me about it a little. I do log my food and blood sugar and you are right, I am seeing patterns and learning from them already. Thanks. Your posts have been very helpful in my thinking about this.

Silicone eyes
Silicone eyes 2014-04-02 12:20:24 -0500 Report

I'm not trying to talk you out of one, they can be very useful. Depending on insurance, they can be very expensive. You will have to calibrate it to fingersticks at least every 12 hours. Check with your endo, I know mine owns several and sometimes lends them out short term to figure things out.