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

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
It is important to know whether your CGM monitor offers the option of having a zero timeout on the display, so that the monitor stays on all the time.

This does eat batteries a little more quickly, but you can’t beat the wristwatch-like convenience of just glancing at the device to see where your blood sugar is. Of course, then other people can see it, too. I was wearing a Med-T Guardian a while back, and one day while I was standing at the nurses’ station one of the nurses cast a glance at me and said, “Nice line.” Huh?

She pointed at my waist and for a minute I thought I was starring in one of those “nice pants” television commercials. “On your CGM,” she said. I was having a great low-carb day and my six hour trace looked like a dead man’s. Sadly, most CGM monitors require you to press a button to get information.
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