Blood glucose monitors and diabetes care
November 8, 2022
For plan members, sponsors, and administrators
An introduction to blood glucose monitor devices
Today, people with diabetes have many devices available to help them manage their blood sugar. Plan sponsors and administrators can use this chart to better understand the different devices.
Blood glucose monitors help members feel more empowered in the management of their condition. It should be noted that no single solution (device) is the right fit for every person.
|System Name||Health Canada authorized for…||Life of sensor||Continuous data visibility?||Real-time low/high blood glucose alerts?||Urgent blood glucose “Low Soon” alert?||Other components/devices needed?||Can be integrated with an insulin pump?||Typical Annual Use|
|Blood Glucose Meters (BGM)||Patients with diabetes (all ages)||At point of test||No||No||No||
|Freestyle Libre™||Patients with diabetes who are 18 years and older||14 days||No||No||No||
||No||27 sensors (1 in a box)|
|Freestyle Libre™ 2||Patients with diabetes who are 4 years and older||14 days||No – intermittent scanning||Only when in Bluetooth range||Yes||
||No||27 sensors (1 in a box)|
|Medtronic: Guardian™||Patients with diabetes who are 3 years and older||Up to 7 days||Yes||Yes||Yes||
|Dexcom G6™||Patients with diabetes who are 2 years and older||10 days||Yes||Yes||Yes||
This document is published by the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife) to provide information about current issues and assist in the decision-making process. The document, however, is not intended to provide medical, financial, counselling, or legal advice and any queries you may have should be directed to an appropriate professional advisor or health care professional.
More reading and resources:
- Blood Glucose Test Strips - Public Information - MOHLTC (gov.on.ca)
- Requirements for lancing devices and blood glucose monitoring system medical device licence applications: Notice - Canada.ca
- How to get accurate blood glucose meter readings - Canada.ca
- Dexcom CGM Frequently Asked Questions | Dexcom Canada Store
- Diabetes - Guardian™ Sensor 3 | Medtronic
- FreeStyle | Abbott | Canada
- Medical devices for expanded COVID-19 use: Authorized medical devices - Canada.ca
- Summary Basis of Decision - Freestyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System - Health Canada(hres.ca)
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