Continous Glucose Monitors
The main goal of diabetes management is controlling your glucose levels, many individuals are finding that 24-hour glucose monitoring can help them lead healthy lives. Continuous glucose monitors are small, portable devices that measure glucose levels and provide real-time blood glucose trend information. This information can help you improve your diabetes management, and lower your risk of diabetes complications.
IntriCon manufactures products for a large medical OEM in their Continuous Glucose Monitoring System. This is a FDA-approved device that measures glucose levels continuously, 24 hours a day. The glucose monitor can help you understand how food, exercise, and medication impact your glucose levels, so you can better manage your diabetes. Many continuous glucose monitors also include alarms to indicate when your glucose levels are too high or too low. The tiny glucose sensor is inserted under the skin. The transmitter transmits glucose readings to the monitor / pump
A continuous glucose monitor can help you become aware of your glucose levels and how they change based on food, exercise, and medication. Wearing a monitor could help you feel more confident about the way you are managing your diabetes.
1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year.
Data from the 2007 National Diabetes Fact Sheet:
23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes
Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people
Pre-diabetes: 57 million people
Diabetes can lead to serious, even life-threatening complications.
Exercise and a healthy diet are critical, but may not be enough. Effective management and monitoring tools, like insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems, can help you lead a full and active life.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.