Frequently Asked Questions – Getting a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Do I need to have a prescription to get a continuous glucose monitor?

Yes. You will need a prescription from your doctor to get a Guardian™ REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.

Will my insurance company cover my continuous glucose monitor or sensors?

Not at this time. REAL-Time continuous glucose monitoring is a brand-new therapy, and is not yet covered by most insurance companies. At this time, the Guardian REAL-Time System is an out-of-pocket expense.

Does the NDSS cover the costs of a continuous glucose monitor or sensors?

Not at this time.

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

It depends. Once you have the prescription, it can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.

How hard is it to operate a continuous glucose monitor?

The Guardian REAL-Time System was designed for ease of use. To get the most out of your system and its many capabilities, you should get familiar with the monitor, the MiniLink™ REAL-Time Transmitter, and the tiny glucose sensor. You will want to learn how to program the monitor to set glucose units and glucose alerts. Your doctor will provide training on how to use this device.

Where do I insert the glucose sensor?

The Guardian REAL-Time System uses a small glucose sensor that you insert comfortably under your skin. Many people insert it on their stomach. The Medtronic patented insertion device is designed to make insertion easy. Your doctor will advise you where the most appropriate place to insert will be.

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: 27 Sep 2010

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