Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) now covered by Medicare! A diabetes management system that will give you precision, flexibility, freedom with zero fingersticks!
Diabetes is a chronic illness, which means management is a daily task. That includes tracking your blood sugar levels several times: when you wake up, before and after meals, and before you go to bed. However, if your glucose levels often fluctuate, using a manual glucose monitor may not be enough.
Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend a different approach. Continuous glucose monitoring automatically tracks blood glucose levels throughout the day and night. You can see your glucose level anytime at a glance. Seeing glucose levels in real-time can help you make more informed decisions about how to balance your food, physical activity, and medicines. Of course, continuous monitoring requires a different type of device that you have to wear at all times.
Is continuous glucose monitoring right for you? To find out, let’s take a closer look at how the process works and the benefits it offers.
How Does Continuous Glucose Monitoring Work?
Unlike manual glucose monitors, a CGM device doesn’t read glucose in the blood. Instead, it accesses fluid between your cells to measure interstitial glucose. To do so, a sensor is placed under your skin. This may be on the abdomen or under the arm. An adhesive patch is then used to secure the sensor in place. Once activated, the sensor uses a connected transmitter to send information to a designated receiver.
Some devices have a separate receiver that records blood glucose levels. However, there are also models that allow you to send data to cloud-based storage. You, your doctor can then access this data, or other individuals you give authorization to. If you don’t want to use cloud services, CGM devices send data directly to your tablet or smartphone.
What Are the Benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring?
CGM devices are often used in conjunction with insulin pumps. The constant stream of data allows pumps to deliver the appropriate amount of insulin based on readings. There have also been a number of studies to gauge the effectiveness of CGM as a management strategy. It’s been deemed a successful form of intensive glycemic control by the American Diabetes Association.
Alerts Users Immediately of Sugar Level Fluctuations
Even if you test every time it’s recommended, you may still experience fluctuations in your glucose levels. You may not even realize your blood sugar is too low or high until you start experiencing symptoms:
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased thirst
Immediately knowing your glucose levels are rising or falling can help you intervene with medication or food to avoid symptoms.
Additionally, CGM can prevent more serious issues that develop over time. For example, untreated type 1 diabetes can lead to the following complications:
- Eye damage, possibly leading to blindness
- Kidney damage
- Nerve damage
- Heart disease
However, keeping your blood sugar in check can help you avoid extended periods of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, the conditions that cause these issues.
Helps Users Identify How Lifestyle Impacts Glucose Levels
Having uninterrupted data can also help you in your other management efforts, such as diet and exercise. CGM lets you identify any spikes or dips during the day; by comparing your food and activity choices to this data, you can spot any correlations and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. You can also identify any problematic dips during the night. Overall, CGM gives you and your doctor a more complete picture of your diabetes, which means better treatment.
Replaces Monitors That Require Finger Pricking
One of the most difficult things about using a manual glucose monitor is having to take a blood sample. It’s painful, tedious, and can provide inaccurate readings due to contamination. Individuals new to the process may have an especially hard time getting an adequate sample. The pain of pricking fingertips can also be deeply uncomfortable for those who use their hands for work or hobbies, as the skin can quickly become sore from multiple tests. CGM is a more comfortable alternative that eliminates the need for sample taking.
Offers Peace of Mind
Finally, CGM can provide peace of mind to those who struggle with frequent and sudden blood sugar fluctuations. Not only do you get a warning before you start experiencing symptoms, but you can also share your information with others in real-time. This means loved ones or medical professionals will be alerted via cloud data if you experience hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and need assistance.
What Diabetic Supplies Do We Offer?
Here at MedEnvios Healthcare, you can purchase the Dexcom G6. This device is water-resistant and boasts 10-day wear along with two alert schedules and an auto-applicator to make sensor insertion simple. You can read results on the accompanying receiver or through your smartphone.
Why Choose MedEnvios Healthcare?
Obtaining diabetic supplies shouldn’t be difficult. In fact, you should be able to shop in the comfort of your very own home.
This is the philosophy on which MedEnvios Healthcare operates. We offer a variety of medical supplies on our site for customers to peruse. Upon purchase, we deliver your orders straight to your door. No matter where you are in the U.S., you can get reliable devices to assist in diabetes management.
MedEnvios Healthcare accepts a variety of private insurance coverage and is Medicare-approved to accommodate as many customers as possible. We’re both licensed and accredited, which means you can always count on us for high-quality service and medical equipment. For more information or to see our selection, visit us here.