Continuous glucose monitoring is a system that allows people with diabetes to detect trends and patterns in their glucose levels. It is different than an A1C level. An A1C test reflects your average blood sugar over the past 2-3 months. The A1C level is limited in that it doesn’t provide enough information to allow for immediate or short-term changes to the diabetes management plan. It is essentially ‘a snapshot in time’.
Continuous glucose monitoring is a newer technology that measures glucose levels in real time. It essentially allows people to see their glucose level 24 hours a day, with few or no fingerstick tests. It works by inserting a glucose sensor under the skin which measures interstitial glucose every 1-5 minutes. There are two main types of systems in Canada. The glucose readings are sent wirelessly to a device, either automatically or by using a manual scanner to get the reading.
Read on to learn more about continuous glucose monitoring systems in Canada.
Continuous glucose monitoring articles
- Differences between continuous glucose monitoring systems in CanadaContinuous glucose monitoring systems have become more commonly used in recent years by Canadians living with diabetes. There are various systems available, which have many similarities
- Continuous glucose monitoring: is it right for me?Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a newer, accurate way to understand your glucose levels. Read this expert article to learn more about continuous glucose monitoring.
- Tips for making the most of your continuous glucose monitoring systemContinuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems are a welcome addition to the variety of devices that people with diabetes can take advantage of to ensure they keep glucose levels in check.
- Interpreting continuous glucose monitoring dataContinuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a new technology in diabetes management that reports glucose levels on a regular basis, as often as every five minutes.
- Benefits of a continuous glucose monitoring systemContinuous glucose monitoring has many benefits, such as identifying trends in the change in blood glucose seen with exercise or the food you eat.
- Understanding continuous glucose monitoring: A tool to help you manage your glucose levelsContinuous Glucose Monitoring(CGM) offers people with diabetes the opportunity to see their glucose levels in real time, on an ongoing basis.
- What is a glucose sensor?Continuous glucose monitoring is made possible by a tiny glucose-sensing device called a “sensor”. This is inserted just under the skin of the abdomen, where it measures the level of glucose in the tissue every 10 seconds. The sensor transmits this information to a hand-held receiver or insulin pump.