Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Close glucose monitoring is important in assessing diabetes control, evaluating effectiveness of treatments, and is instrumental in detecting potentially dangerous medical situations such as low blood sugars.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) units quickly and accurately measure blood sugar levels. It can also provide vital information as to what direction blood sugar is trending. Using trends and patterns in blood sugars can provide you and your provider a more comprehensive understanding of your diabetes. It can also help you make better decisions in the moment for managing your own blood sugar.
Continuous Glucose Monitors work through a tiny sensor under the skin, usually on abdomen or arm. The sensor measures glucose levels every few minutes and sends the glucose value wirelessly to a receiving device (this could be a smartphone or a separate hand held receiver about the size of a glucose meter). Some devices even allow sharing data with family or a friend. This can be an important safety feature for people at greater risk of high and low blood sugar fluctuations.
Our practice supports use of CGM units for both diagnostic purposes (one time trial provided by the office) as well as personal home use of CGM every day to optimize diabetes control.