This weekend it’s time to “fall back” as the time changes for many areas of the country. As you walk around your residence changing the time on clocks and electronic devices, don’t forget your “diabetes-related” devices. They may not change automatically.
The data memory in your blood glucose meter is saved according to the time of the test, so it needs to be correct.
Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitors
The time set in your insulin pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM) determines your personal settings, including basal and bolus rates. Additionally, the “insulin on board” feature and time of your boluses is directly tied to the time set in the pump. So the the time setting is very important and needs to be accurate!
Glucose and Insulin Log Software
You may also need to synchronize the clocks on your computer software data management systems to maintain the accuracy of time for data saved and downloading purposes.
After you have programmed the new time, always double check your settings, especially that the AM/PM setting is correct. The User Guide that comes with your equipment can direct you on the procedure to follow. You can also contact the Customer Support departments of your various devices by visiting their website or by calling the phone numbers usually found on the back of the device. They may request the serial number of your equipment.