For many, many years people with diabetes who needed insulin to control their glucose levels had to inject themselves once a day or multiple times each day. They also needed to prick their finger to test their glucose levels several times a day to ensure that their levels were in a healthy range, not too low and not too high. This can be a demanding regimen, especially when you add in the food intake and exercise regimen that is best to follow. Fortunately, there are insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors on the market that allow the person with diabetes a better way to control their blood sugar without the constant injection or pricking of the finger.
There are several insulin pumps on the market to choose from with different features. One major feature is the length of time you can wear the sensor before changing the site. The Medtronic Minimed Paradigm Glucose Sensors you wear the sensor for 3 days. The Dexcom continuous glucose monitor has a 7-day sensor.
Also, with newer technology, the sensors and transmitters are now wireless which enables the user more freedom and flexibility.
Most people are testing their glucose levels with a finger prick 1-10 or more times a day. The difference with the CGMs is the vast information they supply since you only need to calibrate it approximately two times by pricking your finger and the rest is easy! You will obtain readings throughout the day and an easy-to-read, clear, graph will show you the trends of your glucose. This technology instantly provides the ultimate information for the person with diabetes. The specifics shown on this download-able graph allows the user to make choices regarding their medication, exercise regimen and food intake.