Studies Show Regular Continuous Glucose Monitor Use Improves Blood Sugar Control Across All Age Groups
Posted Sep 09 2009 10:39pm
Two studies, published in Diabetes Care and funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, showed that regular use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices was the most important factor in the improvement in glycemic control among Type 1 diabetics. In addition, this improvement occurs against the background of reduced hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) incidents.
"Based on these results and previous JDRF CGM trials published over the past 12 months, we know that these devices can help people get in control of their diabetes, help people already managing their disease maintain good control, and help people stay in control over an extended period of time, while lowering their risk for hypoglycemia," said Dr. William V. Tamborlane, of Yale University, a co-chair of the JDRF funded study.
Now, just try to get CGM approved by a third party payor for a conscientious, well-controlled and deserving Type 1 diabetic. Should we say it's like "pulling teeth" or "hand-to-hand combat"?