Frequently Asked Questions
A continuous glucose monitor tests interstitial fluid. The FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor is FDA-approved for wear on your upper arm. The Dexcom G6 sensor is FDA-approved for wear on your abdomen, upper buttocks or upper arm. CGMs do not require finger sticks, but they do require you to have the receiver/reader or a smart device nearby. CGMs can automatically collect and share glucose data and can predict dangerous highs and lows before they happen to help you stay within your target range.
- People with type 1 diabetes taking insulin via injections or pumps
- People with type 2 diabetes taking insulin via injections or pumps and/or have frequent episodes of very low glucose
- People who have trouble recognizing the symptoms of low glucose (hypoglycemia unawareness)
- People who often have wide glucose fluctuations
- People who would like to have more information or improve their daily glucose numbers
- Recognize glucose trends so you can better manage eating, exercise and medication
- Track your glucose levels while you are sleeping
- Understand the importance of taking medication and the timing of medication
- Make it easier to manage Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
- Alert you to highs and lows allowing you to make changes quickly and prevent a larger problem
- Ask yourself the following questions and discuss the answers with your doctor during your next visit.
- Are you tired of multiple fingersticks every day?
- Is my current approach to glucose control working?
- Have I had frequent episodes of hypoglycemia and/or severe low glucose?
- Do I have stress or worry about low or fluctuating glucose levels?
- Would additional alarms or alerts about my glucose levels be helpful?
- Am I able to maintain glucose control at mealtimes and during exercise?
- How could using CGM improve my control or quality of life?
- Would sharing my glucose data with my doctor, friends, and/or family be beneficial?
Out of pocket costs for a CGM and sensors are approximately $3800 per year without insurance. However, at Insurance Covered CGM, our goal is to help make your CGM much more affordable for you by getting it covered through insurance.
Yes, they are both covered by Medicare for those who qualify with a prescription.
Yes, they are both covered by the Department of Defense TRICARE for those who qualify with a prescription.
Yes, both CGMs require a prescription from your doctor.
Yes, you will need to download an app to a compatible smart device or have a reader nearby to use a CGM.