Recently been diagnosed with diabetes? We continue sharing tips for newly diagnosed. And today let's talk about measuring blood glucose level. You've probably heard about Continuous blood glucose monitors (CGM). They offer significant, daily benefits to people with type 1 diabetes, providing near-real time measurements of blood sugar levels.
A CGM is a tiny sensor inserted under your skin that gives you blood glucose readings and trends information every five minutes. The data are wirelessly sent to a receiver, which sounds an alarm when your blood glucose value exceeds a set threshold. These systems have been shown to improve blood glucose control, help patients avoid hypo- and hyperglycemia, and spend more time in an ideal blood-glucose range. Dexcom and Medtronic both currently offer CGM systems in the US, and Abbott offers a system outside the US. If you already chose your sensor, you should protect it from damages with an adhesive patch. Check Fixic patches! We have them for Dexcom, Freestyle Libre, Medtronic, Omnipod, and others!