Diabetes Health

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensor

Written by Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
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A continuous glucose monitoring sensor is a comparatively recently introduced system that is very handy and useful in achieving good blood sugar control in patients who are on Insulin injection and for whom the blood sugar is not in proper control are shows a lot of variation. The device is called FreeStyle Libre Pro Flash Glucose Monitoring System.

How to Measure?

  • In this there is a small sensor which is to be attached to the body preferably on the triceps and it will stay to a maximum of 14 days with the patient.
  • Patients can go with all the routine activities including having bath, swimming, exercise, etc. It records glucose readings every 15 minutes and stores it. In a day, there are 96 readings.
  • There is a separate reader in the size of small cell phone, which reads the stored records of the sensor. It can then be seen on the computer where software is already installed to analyze the records.
  • It generates six graphs showing highest point of blood sugar (95th percentile) and lowest glucose levels reached during the day or days. One can start taking the readings from third day onwards.

How Does it Help?

  • We are able to know how the blood glucose level changes during 24 hour period, when it is highest and when it goes to hypoglycemic level. This will help us adjust insulin dosage as well as dietary intake.
  • This device has been found very useful in managing diabetic patients with highly variable blood sugar levels. It helps in storing 14 days data extensively and it really helps in managing the blood sugar levels very effectively.

Cost of the therapy is also not very high. The sensor is only for one use and to be disposed off and the benefits are excellent.

For further clarification regarding better management of blood glucose consult a diabetologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/diabetologist

Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018

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