Frequently Asked Questions – Continuous Glucose Monitors

How long does it take to learn to use a continuous glucose monitor?

Both the Medtronic Diabetes Paradigm™ REAL-Time Insulin pump and the Medtronic Diabetes Guardian™ REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System are designed for ease of use. Your healthcare professional can explain how you can use continuous glucose monitoring to better manage your diabetes.

How long does it take to get used to wearing a continuous glucose monitor?

Everyone is different, and some people will get used to wearing a monitor more quickly than others. There will be times when you notice the sensor more, for example when you shower or get dressed in the morning, or when you go to sleep at night.

Will I be able to feel the insertion site?

You may be able to feel the insertion site when you first start using your continuous glucose monitor. The tiny sensor is inserted under your skin. After you get used to wearing your monitor, you may forget about it until you need to change your sensor.

Can I shower or wear my glucose monitor in the water?

The Medtronic Diabetes Guardian REAL-Time System is water resistant. It is designed to protect against splashes and occasional dunking. However, you should not intentionally submerge the monitor in water. The MiniLink transmitter and sensor are waterproof.

What is blood glucose?

Blood glucose is a type of sugar produced by the body when it digests food. It is the major ‘fuel’ used by our bodies to give us energy for daily life. Learn more about blood glucose.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 8 Oct 2012

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