What are the benefits of a continuous blood glucose monitor?

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Yariela Enriquez, MD
Internal Medicine

A large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) therapy significantly reduced the A1C level in adult patients with type 1 diabetes without an increased risk of low blood sugar reactions -- always a concern when medicating to keep blood sugar readings on the low side. A person's A1C level is his or her average blood glucose level over three months. It makes sense that people with type 2 diabetes would get similar benefits from CGM.

Phil Southerland
Healthcare
The benefit of a continuous blood glucose monitor is that it allows unpredictability to be manageable. You see these trending arrows and you can make adjustments on the fly.

If you just check your blood sugar right before a run or ride, you’re going to go an hour before you check again. There is an entire hour you don’t know what your blood sugar was. With a continuous glucose monitor, you can see if it’s going up or down, and you can make proactive adjustments that make those unpredictable times extremely manageable.

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