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Everything You Need to Know When It Comes to Having a Backup Plan for Your Continuous Glucose Monitor

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) are valuable tools to manage diabetes. They can help you track your blood sugar levels in real-time. CGMs can also alert you during highs and lows. However, these devices are not without their risks. They could malfunction, run out of battery, or be damaged. That is why it’s important to have a backup plan in case your CGM fails. 

Here are some tips for creating a backup plan for your CGM: 

  • Keep a spare sensor and transmitter on hand. This will give you a few days to get a new sensor and transmitter if your current ones fail. 
  • Carry a blood glucose meter and test strips with you. This will allow you to check your blood sugar levels manually. 
  • Tell your friends or family that you use a CGM. This way, they can help you if your CGM fails.  

By following these tips, you can make sure that you will be able to manage your diabetes, even if your CGM fails. 

Additional tips to remember: 

  • Check your blood sugar levels more frequently. This will help you catch highs and lows before they become serious. 
  • Be more mindful of your diet and exercise. These two factors can have a big impact on your blood sugar levels. 
  • Be prepared to take action if your blood sugar levels go too high or too low. This may mean taking insulin, eating a snack, or drinking juice. 

Managing your diabetes without an insulin pump or CGM can be challenging. It is important to remember there are many resources available to help you. This may include your healthcare team, friends, and family. With a little planning and effort, you will save time, money, and lower your stress level.

Author: Connie Ely, Pharmacist & Mary Houle, MSN, RN, BC-ADMM, CDCES | CCS Health 

This site is for educational purposes only. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before making any decisions about your health.