Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are devices that regularly track your glucose levels so you can check your numbers at any time. Kashif A. Latif, MD, and the team at AM Diabetes Centers of America can talk to you about CGMs at their office in Memphis, Tennessee. The experienced diabetes team provides all the services you need to manage your diabetes. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are devices that automatically check and track your glucose levels. These devices have three components:
Some CGMs automatically track your glucose without your involvement, while others require you to scan the sensor to get your reading. Both types of CGMs give you the ability to check your glucose at any time, making it easier for you to track your readings and make adjustments to your diet or exercise plans.
Before CGMs, you needed to do fingerstick blood glucose testing to track how your blood glucose changes throughout the day.
CGMs don’t actually measure your blood glucose numbers. The sensor goes under your skin in your abdomen or arm and measures your interstitial glucose level, which is the amount of glucose found in the fluid in between your cells.
In order to make sure your CGM is giving accurate information, you need to do a finger stick blood glucose test twice a day. Both numbers should be similar.
You need to replace your CGM sensor every 3-7 days to ensure accurate readings.
The team at AM Diabetes Centers of America determines if you’re a candidate for a CGM during a consultation. These devices are most often used for children and adults with Type 1 diabetes. However, researchers are looking into how CGMs may benefit people with Type 2 diabetes.
The team may recommend a CGM if you have Type 1 diabetes and you’re using an insulin pump to gain better control over your blood glucose levels or your blood glucose levels are frequently too high or too low and the team wants to understand why.
CGMs are a great tool that may help you gain better control over your diabetes. However, they shouldn’t serve as the only tool you rely on when making decisions about your diabetes treatment.
Do you want to know more about continuous glucose monitors? Call AM Diabetes Centers of America or click the book online button to schedule an appointment with the experts today.