3 Ways A Continuous Glucose Monitor Can Help You Control Your Diabetes

If you are a type 1 diabetic, your goal is to have a healthy blood glucose between 80 and 140 depending on your age and underlying health conditions. Anytime you exercise, eat carbs, encounter a stressful situation, or are fighting a sickness as a diabetic, your blood glucose levels can fluctuate. A continuous glucose monitor system measures your glucose levels with a subcutaneous sensor, then transmits it to a handheld device for you to view. Here are three ways this medical device technology can change your life for good as a diabetic.

Minimal Fingersticks

As a diabetic, it may seem like you are constantly pricking your finger or injecting yourself with a needle for insulin dosing day and night. It is recommended that if you are a type 1 diabetic you should check your blood glucose as many as eight times a day. You should be checking it when you wake up, before each meal, one to two hours after eating, then before you go to bed. 

When you use a continuous glucose monitor, you only have to check your blood glucose a minimum of every twelve hours to calibrate the monitor. With a monitor you will go through less blood glucose test strips, save time from the convenience, and save your fingertips from all the extra fingersticks. 

Real Time Glucose Monitoring

When you use glucose test strips you are only testing what your blood glucose level is at that exact moment. You have no idea what your glucose level was ten or thirty minutes before. This information is important for you to make a smarter choice in dosing yourself with insulin to correct a high blood sugar. 

For example, if your blood sugar is high, but on its way down to a normal level, you may not want to give yourself any insulin. On a continuous glucose monitor you will see your blood sugars charted out on the graph and know your blood sugar levels are going down. If you were to take a fingerstick and only see the high glucose level, you would think you need to give yourself insulin. When your blood sugar is already on its way down, more insulin in your body will cause your blood sugar to fall quicker, putting you at risk of going into a coma with dangerously low blood glucose levels.

Monitor Alert Alarm

A continuous glucose monitor has an alarm that you can set for different events. If your blood sugar starts to go up or down too quickly, your alarm will sound. If your blood glucose also goes to a level that is too high or too low, the alarm will sound. This is especially helpful at night when you are asleep.

If you have a high blood glucose at night, it is nice to be woken up so you can give yourself some insulin to bring it down to a healthy level. Also, if you glucose falls too low, the alarm will sound to wake up you. 

Most diabetics feel symptoms of a low glucose level by getting sweaty, shaky, and confused, so they can treat the low with some sugar or juice. Some diabetics do not feel any low symptoms. This is especially dangerous because while they are sleeping their symptoms won't wake them up to treat their low. In these situations the diabetic will go into a coma and can even die. A continuous glucose alarm will sound repeatedly when your blood glucose is getting too low and wake up you. 

Using a continuous glucose monitor will put you ahead of the game with monitoring and managing your blood glucose levels. A medical device testing lab can ensure that your monitor is working correctly.