Why I Set My CGM to Alarm Me at 100mg/dL

After studying the human body in medical school and gaining a better understanding of my disease, my CGM now warns me if my blood sugar drops below 100. And my diabetes control has never been better. What? Below 100? 100 is considered low?

Allow me to explain. There have been a number of factors that have lead me to make this change.

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Everybody Hates Pricks!

It’s the end of an era! The Dexcom G6 has made fingersticks a thing of the past for people with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Edelman and Dr. Pettus give their review of the newest version of Dexcom’s CGM with its new sensor, inserter, transmitter and customizable alarms.

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My Detailed Review of the MiniMed 670G from Medtronic

The MiniMed 670G from Medtronic is an insulin pump coupled with a glucose sensor. I decided to try it partially out of professional interest and partially out of personal interest, as my blood glucose control hasn’t been the greatest the past couple of years. Since I started using 670G, my overall blood glucose control is better, but I have to keep reminding myself of this non-consequential fact, because every day I find things about this system that I don’t particularly like.

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DIY Looping

Steve and I had the pleasure of going to Vienna, Austria together two weeks ago for the diabetes technology meeting, and while there definitely was some cool stuff presented in the artificial pancreas world, my update comes from my own AP world. As I’ve mentioned before, I started on LOOP about 4 months ago, and I think I’m finally ready to give an update on it.

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Your Own Personal Lab in the Palm of Your Hand

Your glucose meter is truly your own personal laboratory in the palm of your hand. Every person living with diabetes should have, and use, a glucose meter! Knowing your blood sugar level in relation to eating, exercising, sleeping, concurrent illnesses, emotional stress, medications, and all of the other many factors that can effect our glucose levels throughout the day and night is invaluable.

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