Monday, September 29, 2008

Another study on continuous glucose monitors

Now that I'm convinced my insurance company should be covering the sensors for a continuous glucose monitor, I'm paying close attention to all the studies that find CGMs are beneficial in some way (and therefore worth the money the insurance company pays to avoid the cost of health complications).

This article reports a study's findings that CGMs reduce the risks of expensive and potentially dangerous complications in diabetic pregnant women. Pregnancies are challenging for diabetics because it is so important for the woman to keep her sugars under super-tight control; high sugars mean bigger babies, and bigger babies mean a higher likelihood of C-section. There are also other complications as a result of poor control during pregnancy, such as babies born with insulin resistance, or babies having hypoglycemic episodes immediately after birth.

Since hubby and I have talked about trying to get pregnant soon, this study's findings are of particular interest to me. I hope I can convince my insurance company to cover the sensors at least before we start trying and while I am pregnant.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A study's findings on continuous glucose monitors

I just saw this article last night:

Continuous monitoring devices help adults control diabetes

The article is about a study on continuous glucose monitors, which found that using a CGM helps type 1 diabetics to control their sugar levels better.

Well, duh.

This article reminded me that I need to update my blog on my own experiences with continuous glucose monitors. In the last half of July, I participated in a comparison of two different CGMs at my doctor's office. Basically, I wore both for two weeks, and participated in 3 in-clinic days where my sugars were tested against the readings on both CGMs every 15 minutes — to test the accuracy of each, of course.

I definitely agree with this article — that wearing a CGM helps you maintain tighter control. In fact, my doctor's office and I are currently trying to convince my insurance company of that, too, so perhaps these recent findings will help!