Many people with type 1 and type 2 can benefit from using a CGM. Those that would benefit the most are people that have trouble reaching and maintaining target blood sugar. CGMs are particularly useful if you often have lows and are unaware of when they happen (hypoglycemia unawareness).
Even if you have a good handle on your diabetes management, you still may want to consider using a CGM for the convenience and the elimination of finger pricks. However, you’ll want to keep in mind that if you are managing your diabetes well without the use of a CGM, your insurance may not cover it—they might consider it a non-necessity.
When it comes to choosing the right CGM for you, we are here to help.
WITH INSULIN PUMPS, IT’S YOUR CHOICE
The important thing to know is that a pump gives you options. You can get a pump, wear it for a time, decide to stop wearing it, and restart it if
you think it will fit better with your treatment—work with your insurance to match whatever works for you.
Pumps are an extra piece of hardware attached to your body. They’re programmed to deliver insulin continuously (basal), or as a surge (bolus) dose close to mealtime to control the rise in blood sugar after a meal. They work by closely mimicking your body’s normal release of insulin.
IS A PUMP RIGHT FOR YOU?
If your doctor determines that a pump is a good option for you, it’s important to check with your insurance provider before you buy anything. Most insurance providers cover pumps, but sometimes they may not be covered and pumps can be expensive. In addition to cost, some considerations to consider when it comes to getting a pump are lifestyle, commitment, and safety. Learn more about the pros and cons of insulin pumps, and if they may be a good fit for you.
Remember, using a pump doesn’t mean you no longer have to check your blood sugar. And it can take some getting used to, from setting
it up and putting it in to managing it day-to-day. Make sure you’ve spoken with your diabetes care team about how to use your insulin pump correctly and how to check if it’s working properly.
CONNECTED CGM-INSULIN PUMPS AND “CLOSED LOOP” SYSTEMS
A newer option to consider is using a combination CGM-insulin pump. Your insulin pump will be able to integrate your glucose data from
the CGM sensor and either suggest changes to insulin dosing or adjust the appropriate amount of background or basal insulin on its own. This is triggered when you run high (more insulin needed)—or when your blood sugar runs low (insulin needs to be suspended)—so you don’t have to think about it as much. Keep in mind, though, that you will still need to administer insulin for meals.
With several existing and emerging options on the market, you can pick the one that works best with your lifestyle and budget.