Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems can help you stay on top of your blood glucose (blood sugar) in real time and immediately alert you if your blood glucose swings too high or low. Many are integrated with insulin pumps, coming closer to the way the pancreas functions. There’s even an FDA approved app that lets you check blood glucose levels on your smartphone.
As far as they’ve come, CGM systems are not right for everyone. As with a stand-alone insulin pump, proper use of a CGM device requires training and effort. But if you’re giving yourself daily insulin injections and still struggling to keep blood glucose within range, a CGM device may improve your quality of life. A CGM systems is ordered when deemed appropriate by your endocrinologist or your diabetes clinic doctor.