Unfortunately, Diabetes is one of the most leading chronic diseases that can lead to serious complications and had killed thousands of lives for the past couple of years. Diabetes is acquired through poor health lifestyle, genetics, and lack of discipline to the food consume.
Warning signs of Diabetes
While it is known that diabetes sometimes does not pose any warning signs, here are the following symptoms that you should watch out for. It will help you determine if you need to be tested or consulted by your doctor.
- Getting hungry only after eating
- Frequent urination and pain when urinating
- Sudden weight loss
- Unexplained body fatigue
- Vision begins to get blurry
- A migraine
- Increased thirst
- Mouth feels dry
If you think you have one of the aforementioned signs, make sure that you contact your doctor as soon as possible for a diabetes test. You will be provided with the appropriate diet to follow, advise to have regular exercise, and some medications. People with diabetes are encouraged to live a healthy and active life to avoid deterioration of the problem.
Maintaining Your Blood Sugar
When it comes to monitoring your blood sugar, allow us to introduce the continuous glucose monitor or CGM sensor. This is a device worn underneath the skin for a particular number of days. It provides accurate information of the glucose every now and then. People who are diagnosed with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are advised to wear one.
The real-time blood glucose that the flash glucose monitoring system can generate helps in improving the glucose control of people with diabetes and it also provides a convenient way of monitoring the blood sugar compared to the traditional finger pricks they’ve known before.
3 Basic Components of CGM
- The sensor. It pertains to the disposable piece with a small wire that you will insert underneath your skin. It will extract fluid and generate information from the reading. The wearing time varies on the manufacturer. But a typical sensor can last for up to two weeks of use.
- The transmitter. This piece can be reused as it translates the readings from the sensor and transfers it to the device where the wearer can see it. It works via Bluetooth or radio frequency.
- The receiver. This refers to the device that works with the transmitter in displaying the glucose readings from the sensor.
As of today, there are five types of CGMs that you can use. Not all designs require you to use insulin pumps. The following CGMs are readily available in the market: Medtronic CGM, t: slim X2 insulin pump by Tandem Diabetes, Animas Vibe insulin pump, Dexcom, and FreeStyle Libre by Abbott.
A study revealed that majority of the people who have diabetes prefer to use flash glucose monitoring system for a painless reading of their glucose. Compared to the finger sticking glucometers, the CGM appeals more especially to younger people who wanted to prevent from being inflicted in pain as much as possible. It is an important device for people who have diabetes as it can readily read and monitor the glucose of an individual in a much convenient way.