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Free CGM Certificate Program: Put Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) into practice with our free Certificate Program

Insulin Pump and CGM Basics for the Beginner

Monitoring is a core self-care behavior: It means checking glucose (sugar) levels, activity, and food intake, and gathering data from multiple sources and devices. Learn more about the role of monitoring best practices

Monitoring 101
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New to CGM? Start Here

CGM Glossary: Knowing CGM terminology is a critical first step in becoming an expert. Our glossary defines all the words and terms needed

Find & Compare CGMs: Understand the features of current meters on the market to make sure the device is best matched to patient needs

CGM Pros & Cons: Like every tech product, CGMs have many advantages. Understanding them will help make selecting the right one easier

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For Practitioners
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Topics For Your Practice

The DCES Role in CGM: Find out more about their specific role in helping people with diabetes better their health through CGM use and optimization

CGM Selection & Training: Learn about candidate criteria and how to properly train patients and clients on CGMs

CGM Guidelines and Position Statements

Starting a Professional CGM Program: Learn the steps, find case studies and more

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BGM, CGM or Both? Choosing the Right Monitoring Devices

Blood Glucose Meter (BGM): A small device that is used to check glucose levels in the blood. It uses test strips and a fingerstick device.  

Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM): A system with multiple parts that is worn continuously and senses glucose levels every few minutes in the fluid around the body cell, sending the readings to a reader, receiver or app on a phone. The readings are shown in graph form with trend arrows showing if the glucose levels are staying the same, dropping or going up.

Monitoring devices provide “in the moment” data that helps determine how well a diabetes management plan is working. Diabetes practitioners and other healthcare providers can help personalize and advise on the best method based on an individuals values and preferences and helping to compare and contrast the pros and cons of each. Here are some of the ways they can help:

  • Determine which diabetes management device a person can afford and will works best.
  • Learn how and when to use the device to track data. 
  • Figure out how to find actionable patterns.
  • Come up with an ongoing plan for monitoring as health goals are met. 

Choosing between a CGM and a BGM is typically based on personal preferences, lifestyle, type and severity of the condition, affordability and insurance coverage, and a host of other factors that you can learn more about in this section.

 


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This site and its services do not constitute the practice of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always talk to your diabetes care and education specialist or healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please contact a qualified health care professional immediately. To find a diabetes care and education specialist near you, visit diabeteseducator.org/Find.

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