4 Things You Can Get Out of Your CGM This Holiday Season

Even though it is a balmy 75 degrees here in Southern California, I’m one of the shameless people who have already started listening to holiday music. Whether or not you’re one of those individuals who embrace the holidays, to many, this time of year often signifies comfort and joy. Whether it’s fire on the hearth, hot chocolate, or spending time with the ones you love, the holidays should be relaxing and a time to enjoy.

However you celebrate, here are four ways that continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) can empower your diabetes management so you can focus on what matters – doing what you enjoy during the “most wonderful time of the year”.

1. Deck the halls while discreetly viewing your current glucose values.

From your insulin pump screen, you have the option to view the last 3, 6, 12, or 24 hours, so you can hang the mistletoe and garlands, instead of constantly pricking your finger. You can even turn on trend arrows that will display on the screen if your blood glucose is fluctuating rapidly.

2. Snuggle up knowing your CGM has customizable alerts to help you stay in your target range.

With the option to customize alerts to let you know how rapidly your glucose is rising or falling, or that a low or high glucose is predicted, CGM enables you to be proactive, rather than reactive, in your diabetes management. Threshold Suspend can even take action when needed, suspending insulin delivery when your sensor glucose reaches a pre-set low limit and you don’t respond to the alarm.

3. Understand how that piece of pumpkin pie or the turkey stuffing is affecting your blood glucose with CareLink reports.

Bringing together critical information from your insulin pump, CGM, and BG meter, CareLink allows you to have opportunity to see your glucose levels patterns and trends, giving you a better understanding of which foods and activities affect your glucose levels. When you go for the leftovers the next day, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision with your insulin delivery or if you decide to exercise to reduce the “holiday spread”.

4. Use your arms for hugging loved ones instead of carrying multiple devices.

The fully integrated pump and CGM means you only have to carry one device to deliver your insulin and display your CGM information. Many of our customers have shared with us that using the MiniMed 530G system has made them feel more confident managing their diabetes. As we approach the end of the year, you may have met your calendar year-end insurance deductible, meaning out of pocket costs to access the MiniMed 530G system may be lower due to increased coverage, or maybe you’ve changed insurance carriers and are now eligible for CGM coverage. Let us know in the comments below if you’d like someone from our team to connect with you on your eligibility for the new system.

Happy Holidays from your Medtronic family!

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Medtronic Diabetes insulin infusion pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated components are limited to sale by or on the order of a physician and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional familiar with the risks associated with the use of these systems. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is intended for the delivery of insulin and continuous glucose monitoring for the management of diabetes mellitus by persons 16 years of age or older who require insulin.

Pump therapy is not recommended for people who are unwilling or unable to perform a minimum of four blood glucose tests per day. Insulin pumps use rapid-acting insulin. If your insulin delivery is interrupted for any reason, you must be prepared to replace the missed insulin immediately.

The information provided by CGM systems is intended to supplement, not replace, blood glucose information obtained using a home glucose meter. A confirmatory fingerstick is required prior to making adjustments to diabetes therapy. MiniMed 530G with Enlite is not intended to be used directly for preventing or treating hypoglycemia but to suspend insulin delivery when the user is unable to respond to the Threshold Suspend alarm and take measures to prevent or treat hypoglycemia themselves.

Please visit MedtronicDiabetes.com/isi for more details.

WARNING: The Threshold Suspend feature will cause the pump to temporarily suspend insulin delivery for two hours when the sensor glucose reaches a set threshold. Under some conditions of use the pump can suspend again resulting in very limited insulin delivery. Prolonged suspension can increase the risk of serious hyperglycemia, ketosis, and ketoacidosis. Before using the Threshold Suspend feature, it is important to read the Threshold Suspend information in the MiniMed 530G System User Guide and discuss proper use of the Threshold Suspend feature with your healthcare provider.

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