How can continuous glucose monitoring help me if I have diabetes?

Continuous glucose monitoring is a mainstream diagnostic tool, readily available in diabetes care centers around the United States. This test should be used to help healthcare professionals and their patients understand how different foods and activities affect blood sugar. Continuous glucose monitoring uses a device that is worn for seven days. The device keeps track of blood sugar by testing every few minutes. The patient keeps a diary of what he or she is doing at various times. By comparing spikes and drops in blood sugar tracked by the monitor with the diary, a person knows precisely how his or her body reacted to that Chinese dinner the night before or a half-hour on the treadmill that morning. It’s a great help in planning a lifestyle that keeps blood sugar under good control. 

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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