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Continuous Glucose Monitoring

With Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM), you get a more complete picture of your glucose levels, which can lead to better treatment decisions and better glucose control.


Glucose Monitoring Overview

Without diabetes, your body tracks glucose levels all day and night to ensure the right amount of insulin is released at the right time. To successfully manage diabetes, a monitoring system is needed to consistently check your glucose levels. The most common glucose monitoring solutions are blood glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems. CGM is a way to measure glucose levels in real time throughout the day and night.

CGM consists of a glucose sensor, a transmitter, and a small external monitor (may be built-in to an insulin pump or a stand-alone device) to view your glucose levels.



Benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring


A blood glucose meter only provides a brief “snapshot” of your glucose level at a single moment in time. A CGM device gives you a greater view of your glucose trends and lets you know where you have been and where you are going. CGM provides you:

  • The direction your glucose levels are going

  • Early notification of oncoming lows and highs

  • Alerts for lows or highs while you are sleeping

  • Insights into how food, physical activity, medication, and illness impact your diabetes



Is Continuous Glucose Monitoring right for me?


CGM can be used by type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes patients who would like better glucose control to improve the health and quality of their lives.

CGM is especially beneficial for people who:

  • Want to reduce their A1C targets without increasing hypoglycemic events (low blood glucose)1

  • Have frequent low glucose levels or are unaware of their low blood sugars1

  • Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant1

  • Are children and adolescents at or above their target A1C if they are willing to use the device every day1


Medtronic CGM Products


Medtronic offers a selection of products to help monitor your glucose simply and easily. Learn more about which product is right for you.

  • MiniMed Paradigm® REAL-Time Revel™ System

    Get the benefits of CGM with the only FDA-approved integrated insulin pump and CGM system available today. Know where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re going. Plus, receive real-time alerts when your glucose is out of range.


    mySentry accurately relays glucose information throughout the night, allowing you to rest easy knowing you can take action sooner to avoid dangerous glucose levels.

  • Guardian® REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

    The Guardian System offers all of the benefits of Medtronic CGM without requiring an insulin pump. Medtronic has a simple upgrade option for you if you choose to go on an insulin pump later.

  • iPro® Evaluation

    An easy way to obtain more insights into your glucose control. It's a 3-day evaluation conducted by your healthcare providers with their own CGM device.

  • CareLink® Personal Therapy Management Software

    Upload and track all of your insulin pump, CGM, and blood glucose data online, anytime. It’s a powerful new way to gain insights into your glucose control.


American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Statement by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Consensus Panel on insulin pump management. Sep/Oct 2010.