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Diabetes 101 - Continuous Glucose Monitoring | CGM

by IBD Medical on November 29, 2023

Blood Glucose Monitoring

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a medical technology that helps individuals with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels in real-time. It is a non-invasive method that provides frequent updates on glucose levels throughout the day and night. This information is critical for individuals with diabetes as it helps them make informed decisions about their insulin doses, diet, and physical activity.

CGMs consist of a sensor that is attached to the skin, typically on the abdomen or arm, and a separate device called a transmitter that sends glucose readings to a compatible display device such as a smartphone or personal digital assistant. The sensor uses a small, painless needle to measure the interstitial fluid that surrounds the cells in the skin and transmits this data to the display device.

In Australia, there are several main brands of CGMs available in the market.

These include:

  1. Freestyle Libre: This is a glucose monitoring system that uses a small sensor that is worn on the skin for up to 14 days. The sensor measures glucose levels and sends data to a compatible display device, allowing individuals to monitor their glucose levels without having to perform finger-stick tests.
  2. Medtronic: Offers the MiniMed 630G system, which includes a continuous glucose monitor, an insulin pump, and an algorithm that automatically adjusts insulin doses based on glucose readings. The MiniMed 630G system is designed for individuals who require insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring.
  3. Dexcom: Offers the G6 CGM system, which uses a small, discreet sensor that is worn on the skin for up to 10 days. The sensor measures glucose levels every five minutes and sends the data to a compatible display device, allowing individuals to make informed decisions about their insulin doses, diet, and physical activity.

There are many benefits to using a continuous glucose monitoring system. Firstly, it allows individuals with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels in real-time, making it easier to detect changes in glucose levels and take appropriate action. Secondly, it eliminates the need for frequent finger-stick tests, reducing pain and discomfort. Thirdly, it provides individuals with a more complete picture of their glucose levels, helping them to make informed decisions about their insulin doses, diet, and physical activity.

The Australian Government provides access for eligible Australian citizens to subsidised continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (Flash GM) products through the NDSS.

All Australians with type 1 diabetes are eligible to apply for access to subsidised CGM and Flash GM products through the NDSS, as well as some people with other rare conditions that are similar to type 1 diabetes. Some people are eligible to access fully subsidised CGM and Flash GM products (that is, no co-payment will be required), while other people can access with a co-payment.

For extra protection it is useful to cover the sensors with CGM patches which are a lightweight solution that helps protect and extend the life of the CGM sensor. The Glucology CGM patches are Cotton and Spandex blend which provides a unique elastic quality to ensure flexibility, durability, and maximal comfort. Most CGM patches are waterproof and sweat-resistant, meaning you can feel supported while enjoying your daily activities. 

In summary, continuous glucose monitoring is an essential technology for individuals with type 1 diabetes. It allows them to monitor their glucose levels in real-time, making it easier to detect changes and take appropriate action. The main brands of CGMs available in the Australian market include Freestyle Libre, Medtronic MiniMed, Dexcom G6. Each of these brands offers different features and benefits, making it important for individuals with diabetes to choose a system that best suits their needs.

 

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Please remember, it is important to consult with a doctor or diabetes healthcare professional for personalised advice and guidance on how to manage diabetes. 

Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.

Welcome to Glucology by IBD Medical !

It all began in 2016 when our founder wanted to make daily life easier by simplifying diabetes management. He realised that IBD Medical had the potential to ease the burden of people living with diabetes and empower them. This was when Glucology was born in 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Glucology was created by IBD Medical and designed to provide stylish, discrete and innovative solutions for people living with diabetes. It gives people access to a bespoke line of support products at an affordable price.

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