What should I know about the alarms on my continuous glucose monitor?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
All CGM systems have threshold alarms. Beyond that there are some important differences. Can you choose different thresholds for different times of the day, or are you stuck with one setting 24-7? Do you have rate of change alarms? Can you chose the rate, or are you limited to factory defaults?

Advanced alarm options - Some systems have predictive alarms. Hands-down, this is the single most desirable CGM feature, but still has to be balanced by considering all the other features you need or want. Lack of predictive alarms is not necessarily a deal killer.
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