Updated: Aug 1, 2019
When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent) in 1982 at 14 yrs old, there wasn't any handy tools to even check my blood sugar. I used urine strips to check (estimate) my blood sugar level. This was all I had to use for the next few years, so as you can imagine.. I was guessing on what my blood sugar truly was. This led to being complacent and thinking it didn't really matter. Thinking I was doing just fine.
Finally when I was in my early 20's I woke up and realized it was time to use the new technology called a blood glucose monitor, available to better track and take care of my diabetes. Click the picture to learn more.....
Fast forward 20+ years... I now love to use an even better tech advanced tool, a continuous glucose monitor or CGM. This inserted sensor gives you a complete picture of your glucose, showing you where it is going and how fast it’s getting there. It allows us to proactively manage glucose highs and lows, plus gives added insight into impacts that meals, exercise and illness may have on our glucose levels.
CGM can also contribute to better diabetes management by helping to minimize the guesswork that comes with making treatment decisions based solely on a number from a blood glucose meter reading.
Whether you use a blood glucose monitor or a continuous glucose monitor to track and properly treat your blood sugar, stay committed to gathering the data that can empower you to better control and manage your diabetes.