Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
Continuous Glucose Monitoring System is for the one who wishes to understand the fluctuations in his blood sugar levels throughout the day.
A continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) is a small wearable device that tracks your glucose every 15 minutes, throughout the day and night for 14 days. It gives you a wholesome picture of your blood sugar levels in the body. CGMS is a minimally invasive technique for measuring glucose. It measures the sugar every 15 minutes, 96 readings for every 24 hours and 1344 reading in a single prick over 14 days period. CGMS can be used whether you wear a pump or use injections for your insulin delivery.
How Does CGMS Work?
A tiny electrode called a glucose sensor is inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels in the tissue fluid. It is connected to a transmitter that sends the information via wireless radio frequency to a monitoring and display device. The device can detect and notify you if your glucose is reaching a high or low limit.
The data of continuous glucose monitoring provides a much more detailed and comprehensive picture of control than blood glucose testing alone.
This button-sized machine is placed on one of the arms for 14 days, is painless and you can take bath and participate in daily activities. One area of uncertainty that commonly exists with standard blood testing is whether highs or lows are taking place when asleep. Monitoring with CGMS continues whilst you sleep.
In combination with a detailed food and activity diary, continuous glucose monitoring can offer the chance to make diet, lifestyle and dosage changes. It helps to reduce high or low sugar levels.
Once we insert this machine, the patient is counselled every third day at our clinic. A detailed discussion of the past three days reading is followed by the education which involves reasons for high/ low and necessary dietary, exercise changes. Every three day follow up helps to improve the patient’s performance and step by step changes helps in better understanding and control of the blood sugar. The patient can realise the impact of executing or missing diet exercise and insulin effect.
People using a continuous glucose monitoring system are advised to continue to perform standard blood glucose tests to ensure that the continuous glucose monitoring device is giving accurate enough results and before making any treatment corrections.