Monitoring blood sugar levels is a fact of life for diabetics. Traditionally, that’s required days full of finger-pricks and tiresome testing routines. But there’s another option that’s changing the face of diabetes management: Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs). The contrast between these two methods is like comparing a flip phone to a smartphone – both get the job done, but one does it with more sophistication and convenience.

First, let’s discuss the old school approach – traditional diabetes testing monitors. These devices require you to take a small blood sample, typically from your fingertip, and measure your glucose levels at that specific moment. They’ve been the norm for years, and for good reason: they’re reliable, affordable, and widely available. But don’t forget about the hassle of buying daily testing strips and replacing worn lancets. On top of that, they also come with the cost of discomfort from repeated finger pricks and only provide a snapshot of your blood glucose levels.

Enter the CGM, a device that feels like it’s straight from the future. CGM systems like the FreeStyle Libre 2 use a tiny sensor that’s inserted under the skin to check glucose levels in tissue fluid. The sensors are easy to apply (no training required!) and fit right under your sleeve in the back of your arm. From there, it’s a non-stop glucose surveillance system that provides real-time and dynamic glucose information every few minutes, 24/7.

But what makes the CGM the clear winner? Imagine being able to see your glucose levels anytime at a glance and getting alerted when your levels are too high or too low. It gives a full picture of how your glucose levels fluctuate throughout the day and night, allowing you to make more informed decisions about your diet, physical activity, and medication. With the FreeStyle Libre 2, you can even customize your alarm ranges to get alerts only when you need them (while still getting continuous glucose monitoring when you don’t).

CGMs can also help reduce the “invisible” threat of nocturnal hypoglycemia, a dangerous condition that traditional monitors might miss. The constant monitoring and alarms can provide peace of mind, especially for those with severe diabetes or a child who needs help managing their condition.

And let’s not forget about the convenience factor! With their easy application and removal, CGMs are a big hit for those weary of the repeated finger sticks. They can also help you save time and money by reducing the need for one-use testing strips and lancet devices. Plus, the FreeStyle Libre 2 can sync data directly to your smartphone so it’s easier to share with your healthcare team.

While traditional monitors have served us well, the future of diabetes management lies in the hands of CGMs. They offer more comprehensive, real-time data; reduce the risk of unexpected glucose fluctuations; and eliminate the need for constant finger pricks. And you can order the FreeStyle Libre 2 right through our supply program to have it delivered right to your door for an affordable price. If you’re ready to control your diabetes with confidence, contact our team today!