5 Best Features of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems – Back End News

Over the past decade, diabetes technology has evolved to use glucose monitoring sensors as a way to innovate diabetes management practices.

Unlike traditional blood glucose monitoring (BGM) systems where Filipinos with diabetes have to prick their fingers to check their sugar levels, continuous glucose monitoring technologies (CGM) emerged as an option for painless monitoring, while also allowing the patient to see the whole picture of a person’s glucose levels at different times.

With CGM technology, Filipinos with diabetes can scan a sensor on the back of their upper arm with a handheld reader to monitor their glucose levels anytime, anywhere.

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CGMs, such as the Abbott FreeStyle Libre Continuous Glucose Monitoring System, are now available on the market locally. This technology allows people with diabetes to check their glucose levels anytime, anywhere with a painless scan.

Abbott shares five useful features of the continuous glucose monitoring technology.

  1. No more routine finger sticks

The traditional method of measuring sugar levels involves pricking a patient’s fingers several times a day to get a snapshot of their glucose levels. This can be annoying for some patients.

A 2020 study commissioned by Abbott in the Philippines suggested that 63% of respondents want a device that eliminates fingersticks in their glucose monitoring device.

Using sensor technology, CGM can eliminate the pain of fingersticks in a quick and painless scan to measure their glucose levels.

  1. It provides an accurate and real-time picture of glucose levels

With CGM, patients with diabetes can quickly scan their sensors anytime, anywhere. Regular scanning allows patients to see a detailed picture of their glucose profile in real time so they can make more informed decisions.

CGM measures interstitial glucose levels — or the glucose found in the fluid between cells — via a microfilament inserted just under the skin and held in place with a small adhesive pad.

  1. It provides smart and data-driven diabetes management solutions

With glucose data readily available, diabetes management can become simple, personalized and responsive based on the patient’s real-time glucose levels. Patients with diabetes should not question their food and lifestyle choices based on their glucose levels. Patients are advised to consult their healthcare provider when treating their diabetes.

Physicians are also taking advantage of this technology through cloud-based applications such as LibreView, when monitoring their patients’ glucose levels. This helps both doctors and patients collaborate remotely to create personalized and scientific diabetes solutions based on real-time data.

  1. The sensor is water resistant and lasts up to 14 days

CGM technologies have sensors that can be worn on the back of the upper arm for up to 14 days. The sensor is also water resistant and can be submerged up to 1 meter in water. This means that patients with diabetes can wear the sensor with confidence without having to worry about sweating, taking a bath or swimming.

  1. CGM is a two-in-one device

The Abbott FreeStyle Libre Reader also has a built-in port for blood test strips, making it a two-in-one diabetes monitoring device. Only the FreeStyle Libre Optium test strips can be used for this port.

Smartphones are expected to be the next frontier in diabetes management as health and technology companies collaborate to create accurate bio-wearables for more personalized and data-driven healthcare.

Continuous glucose monitoring technologies are now available in leading drugstores and e-commerce platforms across the country. Through CGM, all Filipinos affected by diabetes can be confident that a new partner is now available for a smarter and personalized diabetes management practice.

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