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Old 12-11-2017, 20:40   #1
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Saw an ad on TV today for the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. They claim it's the only CGM covered by Medicare. Looks interesting: 7 day cycle, trim, wireless display, 2 fingers sticks a day (for calibration), up to 5 receivers possible.

Does anyone have any experience with it? Or any other CGM for that matter?

Thanks in advance.

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I have no experience with a CGM but would like to trial one for a couple of weeks.

Have you read about the Freestyle Libre, the Pro version (doctor version) is approved in the US now. It would suit my purpose with if I could see the readings without having to go back to the Dr to get it read.

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One is about to come out in Europe where they implant a tiny sensor under you skin and you wear a rechargeable receiver/transmitter above it on your skin. The current release lasts for 90 days and the one awaiting final approval will work for 180 days! It takes a doctor and a 1/4 inch incision to implant the sensor, but 180 days on one sensor is phenomenal!

That might be worth waiting for.

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Europe seems so far ahead of our technology and approval process when it comes to CGM's and glucose meters on market. If one wanted to pay cash for their latest CGM/meters including the monthly accessories and order it online from here in US it might be worth looking into. There would also be a support # to call when one had questions on products.

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Saw an ad on TV today for the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor. They claim it's the only CGM covered by Medicare. Looks interesting: 7 day cycle, trim, wireless display, 2 fingers sticks a day (for calibration), up to 5 receivers possible.

Does anyone have any experience with it? Or any other CGM for that matter?

Thanks in advance.
I tried one for a week. This was at a time when I wasn't exercising as good of control as I should have and my HA1C was running at 8.9. Instead of being honest with my doctor and telling him that I had slacked off in my control, I instead played the stupid card, shrugged my shoulders and said, "Gee I wonder what's going on?"

That's when the Doc prescribed this 24 hour monitoring thing which I think you're referring too. This was about 10 years ago and to get it installed - a nurse was there making sure the very fine wires or needles were properly positioned just under the skin.

It took a reading every 60 seconds and stored the information in a small chip that was part of the unit.

Funny thing was - with this thing on me, I went in to tight control mode as the doctor would see my results and when the data was downloaded a week later my continual BG levels were quite good, most of the time within the normal range.

My sister is using the Libre Pro - similar more modern technology but it's up to the user how often you take a reading as you got to move the glucometer over a sensor that's attached to your body.

With the Libre it can take 24 hours for the sensor to calibrate properly and the actual sensor is more expensive than conventional test strips, so unless you have a good health plan, it might not be worth the added cost.

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Good Morning! I am not doing what I should be doing to keep my numbers under control. I use the One Touch Ping Insulin Pump which made things very easy for me. I punch in the carbs before every meal, I take a glucose reading before every meal, hit the go button and it delivers the amount of Bolus that I need for that meal. Simple! And it worked too!! Then I got lazy. The pump is supplying me with the Basal Rate I need every hour. So let me stop bruising my fingers and let the pump take over. Bottom line is I went to long not keeping an eye on it and my numbers are way out of whack. I've had to double my Basal Rate and check before eating anything. My reading is always way too high even as I am eating very little to no carbs and I am pumping in more Bolus at every meal than I ever had. I have just requested from my Doctor and Insurance the FreeStyle Libre System from Abbott. It's Medicare approved, with conditions, and my Insurance will cover 83% of the cost. Does anyone in this forum use this system, and can you provide me any feedback and tips. Thank You for the time.

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I have just requested from my Doctor and Insurance the FreeStyle Libre System from Abbott. It's Medicare approved, with conditions, and my Insurance will cover 83% of the cost. Does anyone in this forum use this system, and can you provide me any feedback and tips.
wsherman, many here have discussed the Freestyle Libre system. You can find the posts which discuss it by clicking on Search on the black bar that runs across the top section of this page, typing freestyle libre and then clicking Show Posts (or Show Threads) and clicking Go (this may be different on mobile devices).

There are some posts labeled Freestyle Libre; others mention the meter as part of a discussion of other meters. Dig in! It's a new meter so not too much is known, but other posters here have done some research.

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I don't know what you actually mean by little to no carbs. Are you still eating 100 grams of carbs per day? Maybe the problem is not with the equipment!!!

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Thank You itissteave for the information. I will certainly do a search for this.

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I am eating very little to no carbs
Mbuster, by this I mean anywhere from 0 to 60 carbs a day. I have no reason to believe there is any problem with my equipment. Just trying to make a point DON'T GET LAZY AND SLACK OFF!!

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