- The continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS) is a sensor-based automated device that helps diabetic patients monitor blood sugar levels.
On World Diabetes Day, doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences said that the CGMS device is useful for vulnerable groups like pregnant women with unstable sugar levels, children with type 1 diabetes and elderly with uncontrolled diabetes.
“The sensor is stuck as a patch on the patient's body which sends readings of blood glucose every 20 minutes. The readings can be evaluated through the hand-held device which stores the data 24x7 for two weeks. The monitoring can help in moderating medication as many times as needed which cannot be possible with traditional blood tests,” explained the faculty of endocrinology department at PGI, Prof Sushil Gupta.
It enables micro-management of diabetes and improves outcomes in sugar control by 30-40%.
Despite its advantages, several experts say that it should not be recommended if not prescribed by doctors. “The device is available in the market and companies may also promote it like glucose strip test. People should consult their physician before buying it,” said Gupta.
Source: ET Healthworld