Category: Continuous Glucose Monitors

Why Should I Get a CGM?

Why Should I Get a CGM?

February 20, 2023

While today’s glucose meters make things much easier, it can still be a pain to constantly check your blood sugar. What if you had a way to continuously monitor your blood glucose without getting out your meter and test strips all the time? And what if you (or your loved ones) could be alerted to changes? That’s what “continuous glucose monitoring” – or CGM – is all about.

Why should I get a CGM, and what is continuous glucose monitoring? Find out how to get a CGM from EHCS.

When you really look at what continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is all about, it becomes clear why so many people tout their importance in managing their diabetes. First let’s start with defining CGM: A CGM is a small, wearable device that tracks glucose throughout the day and night, notifying you of highs and lows so you can, if needed, act immediately. CGM minimizes the guesswork for better diabetes management. The CGM is made of a sensor and a receiver. The flexible sensor (smaller than a syringe) goes into your skin every couple of weeks, and once it’s in, you won’t feel a thing. The receiver is smaller than a smartphone and lets you see what’s going on with a nifty graph. CGMs often connect to smartphones and tables so that you can access and share info in real-time (this is great for a loved one whose blood sugar you need to monitor regularly). Dexcom created the video below to explain how CGM therapy works:

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What is Continuous Glucose Monitoring?

Continuous glucose monitoring gives you a complete picture of your glucose, showing you where it is going and how fast it’s getting there. People who use a CGM as part of their diabetes management find that CGMs:

  • Can help lower A1C in adults 25+ with type 1 diabetes (when used with insulin regimens, according to a public comment and response by the Washington State Healthcare Authority)

  • Read glucose regularly, which allows the wearer to keep an eye on glucose, catching highs and lows more quickly and identifying trends

  • Alert the wearer to highs and lows more quickly so you can make changes quickly

  • Track data better, which makes life easier for wearers, doctors, parents, etc.

  • Provide better insight into how lifestyle affects diabetes management

While CGM is most often used for people with Type 1 diabetes, many people (especially those using insulin) will find a CGM helpful in managing diabetes. In fact, a recent study conducted at the University of British Columbia found that a CGM helped people with Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes stick to an exercise plan, which helps control their health.

How to get a CGM

Now it’s easy to get started! Just fill out this enrollment form, and our Diabetes Care Advisors (DCAs) will help you with every step of the insurance process. We carry CGMs from the major manufacturers including the Abbott FreeStyle Libre systems, the Dexcom G6 and G7 systems, and the Medtronic Guardian Connect. We work with hundreds of insurances, including Medicare, that cover CGM therapy for those who qualify. Your DCA will determine your benefits and then act on your behalf throughout the insurance authorization process. We will work with you and your healthcare team to ensure you received the best product suited for your specific needs.

For additional information on insurance plans that EHCS accepts, call us at 1-888-344-3434 or email us at dca@myehcs.com. If you’re ready to find out if your insurance covers a CGM, fill out the enrollment form and we’ll get the process started.


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How does continuous glucose monitoring work?

How does continuous glucose monitoring work?

May 05, 2022

Glucose meters tend to make testing easier, but it can still be painful to constantly prick fingers for testing, especially for high-frequency testers. Now, there is a way to avoid unnecessary fingersticks: continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). A CGM captures your blood sugar levels and shows whether it is increasing, decreasing, or remaining steady.

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If you’re wondering how continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) helps you gain better control of your diabetes, you’re in the right place! The ability to identify trends in your blood glucose levels is a critical piece of diabetes management and will help you make informed decisions to prevent lows, extreme highs, and erratic blood sugars. This additional information also helps you better understand how insulin, food, exercise, and other variables affect glucose values. View our top brands of CGMs!

How Does A CGM Work?

A Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) generally consists of a sensor, transmitter, and receiver. With most CGMs, users wear a small sensor on top the skin that they replace every couple of weeks. The sensor reads the user’s interstitial fluid to detect glucose levels, and the attached transmitter sends the sensor’s readings to the receiver or smartphone app (and in some cases, smartwatch). This makes it easy for the user to see their blood sugar data at any time. The user can also easily download and share the data with their healthcare team so that they fine-tune their diabetes treatment.

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A new implantable CGM system called Eversense E3 works a little differently than traditional CGMs. The Eversense E3 sensor lasts 180 (!) days and is inserted via a quick in-office procedure. You’ll wear a transmitter over the insertion location, which will send your glucose readings to an app on your smartphone. If you’re interested in Eversense E3, talk to your endocrinologist first to determine the best way to get started.

Studies show that CGMs can reduce A1C levels, provide better glycemic control, and supply physicians with more data to make better-informed treatment decisions.

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Benefits of a CGM

Know your readings with zero routine fingersticks and no calibration

Shows real-time glucose readings to constant monitoring

Helps lower A1C and reduce hypoglycemic incidents

Provides insights for better diabetes management


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Benefits of the Guardian Connect System

Benefits of the Guardian Connect System

April 06, 2022

Are you looking for a way to help outsmart your diabetes? Medtronic Guardian™ Connect CGM is the answer!

The Guardian™ Connect system is the first and only standalone Smart* Continuous Glucose Monitoring system that can predict high and low sensor glucose events up to 60 minutes in advance.

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If you’re wondering how continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) helps you gain better control of your diabetes, you’re in the right place! The ability to identify trends in your blood glucose levels is a critical piece of diabetes management and will help you make informed decisions to prevent lows, extreme highs, and erratic blood sugars. This additional information also helps you better understand how insulin, food, exercise, and other variables affect glucose values. View our top brands of CGMs!

The Guardian Connect system is the only CGM system with customizable predictive alerts that help you avoid both highs and lows. Using smart technology to predict where your glucose levels are headed, the system can alert you from 10 to 60 minutes before a high or low.

Exclusively available to patients using the Guardian Connect system, the Sugar.IQ diabetes assistant app (currently only available on iOS) analyzes how glucose levels react to food, exercise, and insulin. Together, the Guardian Connect system and the Sugar.IQ app turn hidden patterns into personalized insights that can help you make smarter diabetes decisions.1

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Have you been approved for a CGM?

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Know your readings with zero routine fingersticks and no calibration

Shows real-time glucose readings to constant monitoring

Helps lower A1C and reduce hypoglycemic incidents

Provides insights for better diabetes management


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The Future Is Now

The Future Is Now

April 04, 2022

Knowing your blood glucose numbers is key to managing diabetes successfully, but it can be tricky to test your blood sugar as often as you should.

Not knowing can lead to guessing insulin doses, erratic blood sugar, and out-of-control A1C levels.

But a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system like the Dexcom G6 helps eliminate the mystery and empowers you with the data needed to control your blood sugar levels, spot trends in how your body responds to different situations, and ultimately better manage your diabetes.

With features ranging from customizable alerts and alarms to the ability to share your numbers with up to 10 followers, the Dexcom G6 is clinically proven to lower A1C, reduce hyper- and hypoglycemia, and increase time in range.1,2 All of this without fingersticks!

The Dexcom G6 system is an easy-to-use CGM that consists of the following components:

  • simple auto-applicator easily inserts a small sensor just beneath the skin

  • The sensor and transmitter work together to continuously measure glucose levels and send data wirelessly to the display device

  • Your display device (either the Dexcom receiver or a compatible smart device**) displays real-time glucose data

The Diabetes Care team at EHCS is ready to help you get your Dexcom G6. We work with hundreds of insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. As a leader in diabetes care for more than 25 years, we truly understand the importance of quality products like the Dexcom G6 with personalized care. Click below to find out if you qualify for a Dexcom G6 system. After you complete the online application, EHCS will pair you with a dedicated Diabetes Care Advisor (DCA) to help you through the process. Our team of DCAs is your guide to better diabetes control from insurance approval to future supply reorders and will guide the way to better health.

Have you been approved for a CGM?

Apply Today

Know your readings with zero routine fingersticks and no calibration

Shows real-time glucose readings to constant monitoring

Helps lower A1C and reduce hypoglycemic incidents

Provides insights for better diabetes management


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Improve Time in Range with Dexcom G6 CGM

Improve Time in Range with Dexcom G6 CGM

August 06, 2021

If you’re managing your diabetes with a blood glucose meter (BGM), you may think you have everything under control. But BGM only provides information about a single moment in time, leaving you without the ability to identify trends that can help you improve your “time in range” — the time you spend in your ideal blood glucose range.

But a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system like the Dexcom G6 helps eliminate the mystery and empowers you with the data needed to control your blood sugar levels, spot trends in how your body responds to different situations, and ultimately better manage your diabetes.

With features ranging from customizable alerts and alarms to the ability to share your numbers with up to 10 followers, the Dexcom G6 is clinically proven to lower A1C, reduce hyper- and hypoglycemia, and increase time in range.1,2 All of this without fingersticks!

The Dexcom G6 system is an easy-to-use CGM that consists of the following components:

  • simple auto-applicator easily inserts a small sensor just beneath the skin

  • The sensor and transmitter work together to continuously measure glucose levels and send data wirelessly to the display device

  • Your display device (either the Dexcom receiver or a compatible smart device**) displays real-time glucose data

The Diabetes Care team at EHCS is ready to help you get your Dexcom G6. We work with hundreds of insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. As a leader in diabetes care for more than 25 years, we truly understand the importance of quality products like the Dexcom G6 with personalized care. Click below to find out if you qualify for a Dexcom G6 system. After you complete the online application, EHCS will pair you with a dedicated Diabetes Care Advisor (DCA) to help you through the process. Our team of DCAs is your guide to better diabetes control from insurance approval to future supply reorders and will guide the way to better health.

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What is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)?

What is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)?

July 20, 2020

A CGM system is a small, wearable device that measures glucose levels throughout the day and night, providing measurements ever few minutes and creating trend lines 24/7. The device works by inserting a sensor under the skin, which is doable at home. The constant stream of information gives you vital information to use when making decisions about how to manage your blood sugar.

If you’re wondering how continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) helps you gain better control of your diabetes, you’re in the right place! The ability to identify trends in your blood glucose levels is a critical piece of diabetes management and will help you make informed decisions to prevent lows, extreme highs, and erratic blood sugars. This additional information also helps you better understand how insulin, food, exercise, and other variables affect glucose values. View our top brands of CGMs!

Have you been approved for a CGM?

Apply Today

Benefits of a CGM

We carry many name brand CGMs. Select each cgm below to learn more.

Know your readings with zero routine fingersticks and no calibration

Shows real-time glucose readings to constant monitoring

Helps lower A1C and reduce hypoglycemic incidents

Provides insights for better diabetes management


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Available Now: Dexcom G6 Covered by Medicare

Available Now: Dexcom G6 Covered by Medicare

July 06, 2019

Always know your glucose number and where it’s headed with The Dexcom G6® therapeutic continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) System! Now, this system is covered under Medicare for people with diabetes on intensive insulin therapy who meet the eligibility criteria.

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But a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system like the Dexcom G6 helps eliminate the mystery and empowers you with the data needed to control your blood sugar levels, spot trends in how your body responds to different situations, and ultimately better manage your diabetes.

With features ranging from customizable alerts and alarms to the ability to share your numbers with up to 10 followers, the Dexcom G6 is clinically proven to lower A1C, reduce hyper- and hypoglycemia, and increase time in range.1,2 All of this without fingersticks!

The Dexcom G6 system is an easy-to-use CGM that consists of the following components:

  • simple auto-applicator easily inserts a small sensor just beneath the skin

  • The sensor and transmitter work together to continuously measure glucose levels and send data wirelessly to the display device

  • Your display device (either the Dexcom receiver or a compatible smart device**) displays real-time glucose data

The Diabetes Care team at EHCS is ready to help you get your Dexcom G6. We work with hundreds of insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. As a leader in diabetes care for more than 25 years, we truly understand the importance of quality products like the Dexcom G6 with personalized care. Click below to find out if you qualify for a Dexcom G6 system. After you complete the online application, EHCS will pair you with a dedicated Diabetes Care Advisor (DCA) to help you through the process. Our team of DCAs is your guide to better diabetes control from insurance approval to future supply reorders and will guide the way to better health.

Have you been approved for a CGM?

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