Continuous Glucose Monitoring

 Continuous Glucose Monitoring

One of the curses of diabetes is that you have to live with it, and depending on your circumstances, and the severity of your condition. If you fall under the second or third category, you will require more than an on-the-go system to keep a strict check on your blood sugar.

What you need is a Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system that uses sensors to measure the blood sugar levels in the subcutaneous fat tissue on a regular basis. With multiple readings, these systems can give a far detailed and accurate representation of your diabetic problems. Here are two such systems that can be found in our country.


Beato Smartphone Glucometer

This device is blending the concept of on-the-go sugar monitoring and digital era well. Its USP is that this device comes with a 3.5mm jack to help connect it with your smartphone, which, unfortunately, is now turned down by a lot of smartphone manufacturers. Hence, becoming a serious handicap for the product.


For those who still have the use of the port, this device is a compact, lightweight sugar monitoring system that uses the same blood testing techniques mentioned above. Since, that method still involves the collection of blood, using testing strips that are once again unique to the device, which means, the device will not take testing strips from any other glucometer.


Another helpful and distinctive feature of this product is that it enables you to share your results in a graph that can be shared with your physicians at a click of a button.


Medtronic Guardian Connect

The Guardian Connect combines existing products from Medtronic into a full-fledged autonomous diabetic control system. The sensor measures the glucose in the interstitial fluid and passes on the information through the transmitter, on to the pump. If the readings are abnormal, the insulin pump automatically adjusts the dosage to bring you back in the safe zone.


If you are close to a low sugar situation, the system is calibrated to ensure that the dosage is gradually reduced to match the symptoms at least 30 minutes in advance. You can always reuse the sensor after cleaning, however, even with repeated use, it will only last 6 months or so. With the level of sophistication involved, it is understandable that you cannot just buy the system off the shelf.


It is advised that you visit your physician to learn more about the requirements of your body so that you can get an idea of what kind of system will suffice for you and how much will it cost.


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