How can a continuous glucose monitor help keep my blood sugar stable?

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A continuous glucose monitor is connected to a tiny sensor that is inserted under your skin for up to a week before it needs to be replaced. The sensor checks glucose levels in tissue fluids and transmits those numbers to a pager-like device every one to five minutes. An alarms in the monitor goes off if your blood glucose level is getting too high or too low. This minute-by-minute monitoring allows you greater control of your blood sugar levels. However, because these monitors tend to be less accurate than standard blood glucose meters, changes in diabetes treatment should not be made until the readings are confirmed by tests using a standard glucose meter.
William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
By giving you better control of your blood sugar over time can, CGMs can substantially reduce blood sugar mistakes in people with diabetes. However, CGM meters will not magically eliminate blood sugar mistakes. Even with the best technology has to offer, bad days will happen. We count carbs wrong. The infusion tubing tangles. Don’t be angry, sad, or frustrated. Take joy in being human with all our frailties and uncertainties. This is a game of averages; a bad day that doesn’t end in a coma is not the end of the world, and it won’t even screw with your A1C. Be right most of the time and you get to keep your toes and eyes.
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