A CGM measures the amount of glucose circulating within the body. Different devices collect information in alternative ways by using small sensors to collect readings. In some devices, the sensor is placed directly under the skin of the belly.
Not to fear, this is a completely painless process. Alternatively, the sensor can adhere to the back of the arm.
A transmitter within the sensor relays information to a wireless monitor which can be clipped on your belt or your waistband.
As mentioned before, the monitor displays sugar levels at 1-, 5-, 10-, or 15- minute intervals. Should your sugar drop below, or above a preset level, the monitor alarm will sound, alerting you that your sugar is out of nominal bonds.
In the past, only doctors had the ability to see readings collected by the CGM. Now, you can use this device as part of your at-home diabetes solution.
The data can be downloaded to your computer tablet, or smartphone - allowing you to see emerging trends or recurring patterns in your blood sugar.
The continuous monitoring on your part has the added benefit of helping your doctor create the best diabetes management plan, allowing for;