CGMs (Continuous Glucose Monitors)

MiniLinked! My Turn with the Guardian RT

So I’m hooked up… I finally got my chance to try Medtronic’s MiniMed Guardian RT, the only other continuous glucose monitoring system currently on the market besides the DexCom. I am one of the few who’s had the chance to sample both. So far, it’s been a somewhat bumpy beginning, which leads me to believe that my initial conclusion was spot-on: CGM is a great idea that’s still in its infancy and not quite ready…

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Testing 1, 2, 3

Not to leave you all hanging: after my latest bout of unexplained high blood sugars (S.U.S.), I was determined to make my actions count. In fact I was lying in bed awake night after night with a fierce determination to do something — other than “correct” all day long and write pissy posts about it
Was it my insulin-to-carb ratio that had gone off, or was it just that my basal settings were no longer…

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Seven Days with DexCom SEVEN

I neglected to tell you all that I’ve been outfitted with the new DexCom SEVEN wireless continuous glucose monitor. I’m on Day 4 today, and so far feeling rather ambiguous about the whole affair. Which is a little unfair, because this version definitely is better than the original. It’s just that I’m still a little disgruntled from my first experience. Allow me to explain:
I wore DexCom’s STS three-day-wear CGM unit for five months last…

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Navigator Study: Foiled by the Skin

I have seen the future of CGMS, and it looks pretty damn good.  OK, I admit, I just caught a glimpse, ’cause I was disqualified for a current study of the Abbott FreeStyle Navigator in the last round due to potential “skin allergies to medical adhesives.”  Curse those DexCom shower patches (which irritate my skin and made me look iffy here). Curse them!
Anyway, the Navigator is reportedly hekka accurate.  Even my new endo says…

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DexCom and CGM MADNESS

This time it’s not about me and mine, but rather all the people out there writing to me about the DexCom and other continuous monitoring technology:
There was the family who tried to use the DexCom on their 5-year-old boy, and was sorely disappointed (they also sent me the link to the company’s recent shareholder Webcast, btw)
There was the guy in Iran who’s DESPERATE to get one for his 3-year-old nephew (sorry)
The guy…

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