Are you new to FGM? Here are some tips on how to make the most of it.
1. Scan your glucose levels throughout the day, and at least once every 8 hours
This will help you to see patterns and understand what needs to be changed to achieve better glucose levels.
Here are suggested timings to perform a scan:
- Before meals and 2 hours after meals
- Before and after exercise
- When stressed or feeling unwell (every 2-3 hours)
Your glucose levels result on FGM and a finger-prick
test may differ, especially when your glucose level is rising or falling. If your symptoms do not match your FGM glucose level, please
take a finger-prick test to confirm.
2. Know your Blood Glucose Targets
Discuss with your targets with your healthcare team. The goal is to keep your glucose levels within the target range as much as possible.
An example of glucose targets:
Before a meal||
2 hours after a meal|
Less then 10 mmol/L |
If your glucose level is out of your target range, you can modify your food intake or physical activity. You may also need to have your diabetes medications adjusted. Discuss with your healthcare team.
3. Use the trend arrows
The trend arrows help you understand how your glucose levels are changing.
What it means|
Glucose is rising quickly|
Glucose is falling quickly|
Glucose is stable|
4. Keep a Diary
To turn the glucose readings into useful information, record your food, exercise and diabetes medications as well. Include remarks such as whether you were feeling unwell or experiencing any hypoglycemia symptoms.
You can record your diary using the glucose senor app, sensor reader, or using a manual
Sharing your record with your healthcare team will enable them to help you more efficiently.