Meters & Monitors

Other Monitors - Diagnoptics

DiagnOptics is the inventor of a diagnostic device that can non-invasively diagnose one form of damage caused by high glucose levels and relate this to the risk of diabetes and its complications. Headquarted in the Netherlands. Dr. Andries J. Smit and his co-workers found increased autofluorescence of the skin in many diabetes patients when they were performing fluorescein capillary leakage studies in diabetes.

CGMs: Looking Beyond the Numbers

A few years ago, when real-time continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) were introduced, my opinion was less than enthusiastic. I kept going back to the issue of accuracy. If blood glucose meters are within 15% of lab values, and CGMs are within about 15% of the meters, how useful could they possibly be? In my personal experience, I have seen plenty of CGM inaccuracies. And a day does not go by without a call or e-mail from a concerned client doubting the usefulness of their CGM system.

Comparison of Current Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs)

A continuous glucose monitor, also called CGMs, reveals short-term trends in the blood sugar as they happen. You can see the direction your blood sugar is taking in the last 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, or 24 hours, depending on what times the monitor offers. Various companies have already released continuous monitors, with more companies developing theirs every day.

Continuous Glucose Monitors

A continuous glucose monitor reveals short-term trends in the blood sugar as they happen. The monitor reads out a constant stream of glucose data every 1 to 5 minutes. You can see the direction your blood sugar is taking in the last 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, or 24 hours, depending on what times your specific monitor offers. This gives 288 to 1440 readings a day compared to the 4 to 8 fingerstick readings you rely on with a meter.

Blood Glucose Meters

Freestyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose Meter

Taking good care of your diabetes today means avoiding other health related problems often related to diabetes in the years to come. Work with your healthcare team to design the best care plan. Use of a blood glucose monitor with blood glucose test strips will help provide valuable information to help you control your diabetes.

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