How effective is a continuous glucose monitor?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
It’s possible to have superb control with CGM. And it’s possible to have crappy control with CGM. It is, after all, merely a tool. A sword in a sheath isn’t a weapon, an unloaded gun is just a paperweight. It’s your mind and your actions that are the cutting edge, the ammunition.

But on the other hand, I don’t think you can have superb control without CGM. How could you? Yeah, you can have good control with fingersticks, very good control even. But testing ten times per day is still less than 4% of the coverage a typical CGM gives you. And don’t even get me started on the three strips a day your insurance company wants to limit you to.
Beyond Fingersticks: The art of control with continuous glucose monitoring

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Beyond Fingersticks: The art of control with continuous glucose monitoring

Everything you ever wanted to know about CGM (but didn’t know to ask)!Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), the revolutionary technology that’s poised to completely change diabetes care, gives you...

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