Our Diabetes Education Center is proud to continuous glucose monitoring as an in-office procedure. A continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) is medical technology that when utilized by a person with diabetes gives more complete information regarding blood glucose trends throughout the day. This data can assist health care providers and/or educators in prescribing the most appropriate patient therapy, include medication management and also necessary education regarding patient behavioral changes.
A continuous glucose monitoring system includes a tiny electrode called a glucose sensor that is inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels. This electrode sensor is connected to a quarter size transmitter that stores the information. At the conclusion of the 3 to 4 day period, the transmitter is downloaded to a computer, and blood glucose data is provided in a multiple page report to the healthcare provider.
Therapy adjustments made with CGMS data have been shown to improve a patient’s blood sugar control, which can lead to reduced risk of complications. A CGMS evaluation is most appropriate and beneficial for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who are on insulin and are not meeting their therapy blood sugar targets; for patients that have recurrent hypoglycemia or hypoglycemic unawareness; and for pregnant women with diabetes.