What is a CGM?
A CGM, Continuous Glucose Monitor, is a device used for monitoring blood glucose on a continual basis by people with either type I or type II diabetes. A continuous glucose monitor takes a reading on set intervals with a small electrode placed under the skin and held in place by an adhesive.
Benefits of using a CGM
Using a CGM device can make it easier to manage Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
More than 34 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (and may be underreported).
In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled.
What are the specific requirements needed to use a CGM?
To qualify for a continuous blood glucose monitor, you’ll need to meet a few qualifications. If you’re planning to apply for a CGM monitor and want to use insurance, you’ll need to:
Check your blood sugar levels once or more a day
Inject insulin three times daily or more (or use an insulin pump)