CGMS - continuous glucose monitoring system is a new approach currently practised by endocrinologist for the care of diabetic patients.
Without diabetes, your body tracks glucose levels all day and night to ensure the right amount of insulin is released at the right time. To successfully manage diabetes, a monitoring system is needed to consistently check your glucose levels.
CGM is a way to measure glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night. A tiny electrode called a glucose sensor is inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels in tissue fluid. It is connected to a transmitter that sends the information via wireless radio frequency to a monitoring and display device. The device can detect and notify you if your glucose is reach a high or low limit. The latest Medtronic CGM systems can actually alert you before you reach your glucose limits.
CGM can be used by type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients who would like better glucose control to improve the health and quality of their lives.
CGM is especially beneficial for people who:
- Want to reduce their A1C targets without increasing hypoglycemic events (low blood glucose)2
- Have frequent low glucose levels or are unaware of their low blood sugars2
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant2,3
- Are children and adolescents at or above their target A1C if they are willing to use the device every day.
Ask your Endocrinologist (Diabetes superspecialist) about CGMS if your blood sugars are fluctuating and out of control.