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If you don't like having more than one device on your body but want glucose data at a glance, the Medtronic Sensor connects to the Medtronic InPen to track blood sugar and insulin doses on a smartphone.

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.

Contact

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

Medtronic Website

Medtronic InPen

Medtronic InPen

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

Contact

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

Medtronic Website

Priorities

Comfort

  • Medtronic sensors need more tape than other sensors
  • Have to carry pens and pen needles
  • 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
  • Syringes and pens limit your ability to adjust insulin throughout the day
  • Allows for dosing half units
  • Easy to Use

  • Sensor transmitter is rechargeable
  • Most steps to change sensor
  • Pens are faster and easier to use than syringes
  • Smart pen lasts a full year with no need to charge
  • Easy Insulin Dosing

  • Can use sensor trends for dose adjustment
  • More precise dosing than syringes
  • App can help estimate carbs based on meal size
  • Creates a digital logbook that can be shared your healthcare team
  • Fewer Fingersticks

  • Daily fingersticks needed to calibrate sensor
  • Privacy

  • Sensor requires regular meter use
  • Ability to see blood sugar on phone
  • Pens are low profile
  • Wisdom

    Hear what others who use this device combo have to say

    I hate having something on my body when I swim so I use pens instead of a pump but having my glucose is worth it.

    Satisfied. I tend to check my blood glucose more than I need to. Ideally the sensor would be calibrated 3 times a day, so 3 blood glucose checks would be good. I usually check about 8 times a day, depending on the exercise I do.

    This sensor, to be honest has been challenging for me. The pen is straight forward though.

    Cost

    Guardian Connect

    Guardian Connect

    Sensors

    Transmitter

    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.

    Medtronic InPen

    Medtronic InPen

    Insulin Dosing Cost Estimate

    Monthly $5 to $1260

    The total cost depends on the amount of pens you use which is dependent on how much insulin you use.

    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.