Innovations in Continuous Glucose Monitoring for diabetics
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device. For a long time to diabetics, fingerprick tests were a regular affair when it came to monitoring their blood sugar levels. However, a recent generation of devices called Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) have risen to give accurate blood sugar readings in almost real time.
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Some of these gadgets can be connected to a smartphone or smartwatch and display readings remotely. Most CGM devices are equipped with audible alarms that set off when the blood sugar level spikes or drops too suddenly.
For use with smart devices – Dexcom G6
The Dexcom G6 is one CGM more popular with those who love smart technology. By sending automatic updates (every 5 minutes) to a connected smartphone (both iPhones and Android), tablet or computer, it excels at smooth close monitoring. Particularly for those times when glucose levels may drop dangerously low, causing one to lose consciousness.
Known to be highly accurate, the gadget monitors interstitial fluid to gauge the level of blood sugar level. The sensor is wearable on the belly or arm.
Great value – Abbott FreeStyle Libre
A really simple device, the Abbott FreeStyle Libre serves its CGM functions well, making for easy reading and great value. One drawback is that it needs the phone to be scanned over the device itself to get a reading. The good thing is that there is no limit to the number of scans allowed.
Additionally, it is designed to be placed on the back of the arm only. If constantly scanning the device is not a problem for you then this gadget will likely prove to be a worthy choice.
Long term use – Senseonics Eversense
The Senseonics Eversense requires a physician to insert the device underneath your skin and activate it. You cannot replace or activate it on your own. Do take note of this important peculiarity.
However, it only needs to be replaced every 90 days, making it ideal for long term use. Combined with its low-maintenance, the Eversense model is good for those who just need a basic CGM and do not mind it being inserted under the skin.
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