Does CGM therapy save patients money?
Yes! CGM compliance creates massive healthcare savings at an estimated $3,555-$6,747 per person over 3 years through improved patient outcomes.1
These savings are realized through the following health benefits:
Reduced event rates for severe hypoglycemia (SH) and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)1
Reduction of A1C in both T1D and T2D2
Increased Time in Range3,4
Improvement in Quality of Life3
2Beck RW, et al. JAMA. 2017;317(4):371-378.
3Noar A, et al. A1C Reductions and Improved Patient-Reported Outcomes Following CGM Initiation in Insulin-Managed T2D. Presented at ADA 80th Scientific Sessions; June 12, 2020; Virtual.
4Kovatchev B, et al. N Engl J Med 2019;381(18):1707-17. C
CGM Makes Testing Easy
Using a blood glucose monitor requires multiple fingersticks a day to monitor blood sugar levels. With continuous glucose monitors, the sensor measures the interstitial fluid multiple times per hour, providing about 288 readings per day. Additionally the CGM provides reporting that makes it easy to track high and low trends and share readings with loved ones and caregivers.
Who Should Use Continuous Glucose Monitors?
According to the ACE (American College of Endocrinology) and the AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists), it is recommended that those with Type 1 diabetes make use of continuous glucose monitors.
What’s more, continuous glucose monitors are also useful for Type 2 diabetic patients who are already using basal insulin, sulfonylureas, or insulin injections. Even those who are at risk of hypoglycemia or suffer from hypoglycemia unawareness will gain benefits through CGM.
How Does CGM Work?
CGMs work through a small sensor wire that the users insert under their own skin with an automatic applicator. The sensor housing stays in place with an adhesive patch. With the interstitial fluid, the sensor can read glucose levels all day and night.
Furthermore, a transmitter that is connected with the sensor wire is then able to send real-time readings to the user’s receiver. That way, you can view your pertinent information in an understandable form.
There can also be a smart device with an app for continuous glucose monitors. This means you can view your current and previous glucose levels right on your smartphone! Custom alerts are another boon, where the device can warn you if the glucose reaches a dangerous threshold.
The Benefits of CGM
The various benefits of continuous glucose monitors are apparent, but let’s look at the upsides in detail:
- Around 288 readings in a full day
- Insight about glucose levels, the direction of change, and rate
- Ability to manage diabetes proactively
- The best outpatient system for managing and reducing A1C
- Reduction in hypoglycemia
- Alerts for dangerous highs or lows in glucose levels
- Active monitoring during the night
How Do I Keep My CGM Sensor From Falling Off?
1. Wash the area with soap and water and shave the area completely. Whether you’re applying the sensor to your stomach or arm, it’s important to have clean, dry, smooth skin.
2. Use the alcohol wipes provided and let it air dry completely.
3. If you’re susceptible to skin irritation, pretreat the area with an adhesive barrier, like Skin Tac.
4. Cover the sensor with a CGM patch, or slick — like a waterproof tape.
5. Wait at least one hour before getting the sensor wet. This will give your adhesives a better chance to adhere to your skin.
How Long Do CGM Sensors Last?
The sensors used in continuous glucose monitoring systems can stay in place for quite a while. For example, the Dexcom G6 CGM’s sensors can be used for 10 days before they’ll need to be replaced. The FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor lasts 14 days.
How Do CGMs Work?
It’s easy to use a CGM. You just insert a small sensor under the skin by using a simple applicator. The sensor is held in place by adhesive tape. This allows the sensor to measure glucose readings in the interstitial fluid, which is fluid that surrounds the cells. It takes the readings throughout the day and night.
A transmitter, which is connected to the sensor, causes the system to send real-time readings wirelessly to either a monitoring device or an app on your smartphone that displays your glucose data.
Are CGMs Accurate?
Yes, the continuous glucose monitoring systems sold by ADS have been approved for use by patients with diabetes by the FDA. If you run into any unusually high or low readings from your CGM, you can confirm them with a fingerstick test.
Does ADS really provide 90-day supplies for Medicare patients using CGM?
Yes, once qualified all ADS patients receive 90-day supplies with each order regardless of private insurance or Medicare/Medicaid coverage.
Why Should You Buy Continuous Glucose Monitors from ADS?
Some might still ask why they should buy continuous glucose monitors from us. With ADS, you are assured of the best accreditations within the field of diabetes supply.
Moreover, we take care to give you the best possible customer service at every point. Our customer care representatives are trained to care about our valued customers. For any questions regarding CGM products and therapies, please call us at 1-866-422-4866, or contact our Customer Care Team.