Continous Glucose monitoring system........

By mkhojh99 Latest Reply 2011-03-05 14:54:48 -0600
Started 2011-03-01 18:28:15 -0600

Does anyone have one of these?? whats the ease of use? I am interested in learning more about this as my sugars are crazy!!!!

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Farley 2011-03-05 14:54:48 -0600 Report

when I switched to a new diabetes doctor she had me wear one for 3 days to get a picture of what was going on. Was very helpful, since my previous doctor was telling me to keep track of all my readings and bring him a month of data…at that point it wsn't realistic and I knew I would never do it. So the new doctor said "Well can you do it for 3 days?" and I knew I could…I'm doing better overall all now, about a year later…

mkhojh99 2011-03-03 15:19:44 -0600 Report

I dont have a pump so I was curious…I thought if it worked without one I could track a few days of continous sugars to try to get a handle on everything

mkhojh99 2011-03-01 20:57:01 -0600 Report

well I have been struggling…and working with a diabetic assessment team…my sugars were great for awhile but they are crazy again. They think some of it has to do with my teeth…and in all honesty…they are super bad but only 9 more days till they come out. I hope to see an improvment then. They would like me to seriously think about gastric bypass because we are close to being out of options…

kdroberts 2011-03-01 21:25:30 -0600 Report

Your teeth are almost certainly causing an issue with your blood sugars so hopefully in 2-3 weeks when things are healing you will see a drop and stabilization.

As for a CGM, it really depends on what you want them for. In your case, I'm not really sure what you would achieve with one. They work (kind of) great if you have wild swings from very low to very high and vice versa or you don't feel it when you have low blood sugar since they will alert you and hopefully help you stop something potentially dangerous. Ease of use is still something that isn't too hot. You still need to do finger sticks to calibrate, you have to have the sensor attached to you and the receiver within a certain distance, usually a few feet, one is not reliable if you take tylenol and in general they are not super accurate. They are also extremely expensive. You can have them as stand alone units but often they are used in combination with an insulin pump, the medronic one can actually be a combo pump and CGM receiver. I guess you have to ask yourself what do you hope to gain from using one? They are not a magic bullet that will make your blood sugars go down. They will give you data for sure but it may or may not be useful to you and may or may not help you.

jayabee52 2011-03-01 21:01:54 -0600 Report

Perhaps you're already there, but perhaps you should wait for a while to see if your BG#s stabliize before you do the gastric surgery. You may be able to lose the weight on your own without the surgery, once your BG#s stabilize from having your teeth removed.

Harlen 2011-03-01 19:46:12 -0600 Report

Yep they work with the pump I dont know if they will work with out a pump.
If your #'s are going nuts you may wish to look into getting one I know it has worked for me .
best wishes