Benefits and Risks – Continuous Glucose Monitors

If you have diabetes, a continuous glucose monitor can help you monitor your glucose levels all day, every day.

By understanding your glucose levels and how they change during the course of a day, you can adjust your food, exercise, medication, and insulin levels. If your glucose is too high or too low, you can take action sooner. You will be able to improve your decisions based on the insights you gain from monitoring. Increased awareness of your glucose levels over time means you can lower the risks of complications such as blindness, heart attack, kidney failure, and amputation.

Before you use a continuous glucose monitor, you must first be trained in its use. You also need to know that a continuous glucose monitor is not a substitute for blood glucose testing with a blood glucose fingerstick meter. It is important to speak with your doctor to determine if a continuous glucose monitor is right for you.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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