The Benefits of CGM: More Accurate Readings, Less Stress, and Improved Control
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a device that measures your blood sugar levels in real time. It consists of a small sensor that is inserted under your skin and a transmitter that sends your blood sugar readings to a receiver or smartphone app.
CGM offers many benefits over traditional blood sugar monitoring methods, such as fingerstick tests. One of the biggest benefits is that CGM provides more accurate readings. Fingerstick tests can be affected by many factors, including the temperature of your hands and the depth of the prick when getting the blood sample. CGM sensors, on the other hand, are constantly measuring your blood sugar levels, so you can be confident that your readings are accurate and on demand whenever you need them.
Another benefit of CGM is that it can help you to identify patterns in your blood sugar levels. This information can be used to make informed decisions about your diabetes management. For example, if you notice that your blood sugar levels always spike after eating a certain food, you can avoid that food in the future.
CGM can also help to reduce stress and improve your quality of life. With CGM, you no longer must worry about doing multiple fingerstick tests throughout the day. You can also be alerted to high or low blood sugar levels before they cause any symptoms. This can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on other things in your life.
Here are some additional benefits of CGM:
- Integration of CGMs with Insulin Pumps: This allows you to have increased control over your diabetes.
- Improved A1C levels: Studies have shown that people with diabetes who use CGMs tend to have lower A1C levels, which is a measure of average blood sugar control over time.
- Better sleep: CGM can help you identify foods and activities that affect your blood sugar levels at night. This information can help you make changes to your bedtime routine to improve your sleep quality.
- Improved athletic performance: CGM can help athletes track how their blood sugar levels respond to exercise, which can help them optimize their training and performance.
Who can benefit from CGM?
A CGM can benefit people with all types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. It can also be beneficial for people with other conditions that affect blood sugar levels, such as prediabetes and hypoglycemia.
If you are considering using CGM, talk to your doctor to ask if it is right for you. CGM can be a valuable tool for managing your diabetes and improving your overall health and well-being. As always, if you are ready to order your CGM or have specific questions about the monitor, give our team at Doubek Medical Supply a call. We are happy to help!