Getting Healthier With Continuous Glucose Monitoring

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Getting Healthier With Continuous Glucose Monitoring

by Valerie on January 13, 2011

Diabetic patients play an active role in managing their own treatment. They must be disciplined individuals who know how to cope with their disease on a daily basis. This can be a daunting task for many individuals at first diagnosis. But, when technological advancements have the ability to give patients convenient control over managing their diabetes, it can be an empowering experience. The good news is that diabetics now have the power to more closely monitor their disease while spending more time enjoying life as well.

What is a CGM?

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is becoming one of the principal means for a diabetic patient to receive accurate, up-to-date information about their current glucose levels. The CGM device gives patients a simple, efficient, accurate way to maintain glucose control 24 hours a day. The alerts and alarms of the system give users the ability to enjoy life without worry. The features of the CGM quickly show if glucose levels are rising or falling and at what rate of speed. This allows users to adjust their plan accordingly, avoiding any potentially dangerous events before they happen. This reduces overall stress and gives patients the reassurance they need to relax and simply live.

A tiny sensor (about the size of a couple of human hairs) coupled with a small, discreet wireless transmitter gives patients a comfortable glucose monitoring  system. The amount of information that the home screen makes available gives users an amazing overview of their current condition at any given moment. With the touch of a button, the device gives a full picture of glucose trends, patterns and history. Now, that’s control.

Does It Work?

Clinical studies show that patients using a CGM spend more time in their target glucose range and achieve considerable improvements in their glycemic reports. Its convenience and accuracy are also big reasons why so many health professionals are including this monitor as part of the diabetes education they offer their patients.

Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about health and diabetes. You can learn more about continuous glucose monitoring at dexcom.com

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Vickie Tallman February 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Is there anyone doing studies that patients can participate in? Sounds great but very costy? Please help and let me know
Thanks
Vickie

Valerie February 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm

You can go to clinicaltrials.gov and look at the studies that are still open for enrollment.

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