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Alerts to minimize lows and highs with the option to link to a pump later.

Next Steps

Guardian Connect

Guardian Connect

Call Medtronic and ask them about how much it will cost with your insurance coverage. Talk to your Doctor to get a prescription.


Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Medtronic Website



Call MannKind and ask them about your coverage. Talk to your Doctor to get a prescription.


Mon-Fri, 8:00am - 8:00pm EST

Afrezza Website



  • Medtronic sensors need more tape than other sensors
  • Have to carry inhaler and cartridges
  • Active Lifestyle

  • Sensor Connect feature allows someone else to keep an eye on your blood sugar from the sidelines
  • No way to adjust long acting insulin for higher activity on the fly
  • Avoiding Highs and Lows

  • Sensor can alert you to a low before it happens
  • Inhalers are less precise than injections
  • Easy to Use

  • Sensor transmitter is rechargeable
  • Most steps to change sensor
  • Many steps to figure out doses and deliver insulin every single time you need it
  • Easy Insulin Dosing

  • Can use sensor trends for dose adjustment
  • You have to do the math to figure out your dose
  • Fewer Fingersticks

  • Daily fingersticks needed to calibrate sensor
  • Privacy

  • Sensor requires regular meter use
  • Ability to see blood sugar on phone
  • Inhalers are hideable when not in use
  • Wisdom

    Hear what others who use this device combo have to say

    Just as easy as with any previous diabetes devices. I don't usually try to hide my devices, but the few times that I try to, I feel like I'm able to be discreet and not draw a lot of attention to myself.

    Love the data! The more I know about patterns and trends, the more me and my doctors can target trouble areas and resolve them (for example, always going low overnight or high after breakfast).

    The sensor helps me see what my blood sugar is before a game. It has been pretty reliable. Syringes are not connected to my body which is critical for me.


    Guardian Connect

    Guardian Connect



    Glucose Testing Cost Estimate

    Startup $69 to $206

    Monthly $32 to $97

    These prices vary by Insurance. If you call Medtronic they will start a process to check exactly how much your costs will be. Generally Medtronic pumps and sensors are covered by private insurance and medicare. It may be covered under durable medical goods or a pharmacy benefit.



    Inhaler & Cartridges (Monthly) 

    Insulin Dosing Cost Estimate

    Widely covered. Price range; 0-$99/month depending on insurance coverage. $35/month for medicare and commercial insurance plans. 

    Questions for your Doctor

    Can I try this before I commit to it?

    A lot of provider offices have sample devices you can touch and feel to get a sense of how they work. Some offices even have a trial device you can use for week to see how it works for you.

    How can I get insurance approval for Afrezza?

    If you have health insurance: visit Beyond Type 1 for more information on how your provider can send a prescription to the pharmacy that Mannkind works closely with, UBC Pharmacy: 

    UBC Pharmacy LLC
    4700 N Hanley Rd Ste B
    Saint Louis, MO 63134
    NPI: 1962978858
    Fax: 866-750-9260
    Phone: 844-323-7399

    Anyone in the United States can use this pharmacy to fill an Afrezza prescription. 

    If you don't have health insurance: visit Beyond Type 1 for more information on Mannkind's patient assistance program

    For more information on cost: visit Mannkind - Paying for Your Afrezza.