How do I use my continuous glucose monitor proactively?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
In the fully proactive approach to CGM, you need to accept it as both crystal ball and tutor. You can use it to look forward, yes, but you can also use it to look back. You can study the mistakes and victories of the past, and like any good student of history, you can learn from the past and apply those lessons to the future.

Used this way, CGM turns you into the ultimate expert on your own personal diabetes.

One way to help you be proactive is to keep your meter accessible. At a recent conference I noticed that many of my fellow friends with diabetes had taken to putting their CGM monitors in their pockets. I’ve even been guilty of doing this myself too, but I find that out-of-sight is out-of-mind. Literally. The alarms still work fine, but a monitor in a pocket doesn’t get looked at as frequently as one on a belt. It’s hard to be proactive when you’ve got extra steps separating you from your system.
Beyond Fingersticks: The art of control with continuous glucose monitoring

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Beyond Fingersticks: The art of control with continuous glucose monitoring

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