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Unlocking the Potential of Continuous Glucose Monitoring

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Gary Scheiner MS, CDCES

Research has shown that continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) can improve glucose control and quality of life for people with diabetes.  Yet, many people are just scratching the surface when it comes to BENEFITTING from this innovative technology.  This program focuses on the practical aspects of applying CGM on a day-to-day basis, as well as easy methods for gleaning insight from CGM reports.  Perfect for users of any commercially available CGM system. 

Specific topics include:

  • Customizing the alerts settings
  • Minimizing “nuisance” factors
  • Adjusting based on arrows and trend graphs
  • Overcoming issues with the system
  • Adjusting your management program based on CGM patterns
  • Interpretation of data reports

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Placement Exam: Unlocking the Potential of Continuous Glucose Monitoring

1. In relation to fingerstick readings, continuous glucose monitor data is usually:

A. A little more accurate

B. A little less accurate

C. Equal in accuracy

D. Equal in accuracy, but with a slight lag time

2. By analyzing CGM data reports, you can do all of the following except:

A. Estimate the carb count in a specific meal

B. Determine how long your insulin takes to finish working

C. Fine-tune your basal insulin settings

D. Measure how high your glucose peaks after meals

3. Which is true about the high/low glucose alert settings?

A. The low alert should be set BELOW your personal threshold for hypoglycemia

B. The low alert should be set ABOVE your personal threshold for hypoglycemia

C. The high alert should be turned off since the glucose rises after meals anyway

D. The alerts are not of much value because of system inaccuracies

4. Fingerstick blood glucose measurements:

A. Are not necessary when using a CGM that does not require calibration

B. Should always be entered as calibration values

C. Should always be performed following treatment of low blood sugar

D. Should not be taken unless the sensor trend graph is flat

5. When the glucose is rising going into a meal (↑), it is usually necessary to:

A. Wait at least 30 minutes before eating

B. Switch to slowly-digesting foods

C. Take more than the standard calculated dose of insulin 

D. Calibrate the sensor

Answers: B, A, B, C, C

  • Answered 4 or 5 correctly?  Nice job, Professor!  Looks like you know your stuff.  Maybe you could teach a course on this subject! But there are always new things to learn.
  • Answered 3 or fewer correctly?  You may have a thing or two to learn.  You would certainly benefit from taking this class. 
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