A little over a week ago I got a CGM, or Continuous Glucose Monitor. It's a wireless device you inject into your body that measures your blood sugar. My insurance previously didn't cover these things, but things have changed and now it does. So I got one
Although the first week was a bit of a mess, since the insertion device got jammed on my first trial putting it on. Then the second one I put on somehow got inserted wrong and it stopped giving me results after a day. And a few times it was way off compared to my normal glucose monitor. CGM's aren't as accurate as a normal glucose monitor, but what's really useful is seeing trends. Like is your blood sugar rising or falling? How fast does it rise after eating or fall after taking insulin? That information is pretty damn useful.
After a few calls to the company that makes it (Medtronic), they apologized for the problems I had with the injector and even replaced one of the injection devices, since I lost one with the first jammed one I tried. But things are working better now and it's been pretty cool to see how food and insulin affect things. Like I'll eat my dinner and see the results, and I learn how different foods raise my blood sugar differently.
For diabetic people, you just have to know your blood sugar. With testing on a normal glucose monitor, you test around 3-5 times a day. So that's like driving your car, but your gas tank doesn't drain at a constant rate. The tank could be too full or too empty at any given time. And your gas meter only works a couple times during your drive. With a CGM, you can have a normal gas meter again. Much more useful!
And speaking of CGM's, you may have heard that google is working on something similar
. A smart contact lens that measures your glucose levels from the fluid in your eyes. So no more devices to stick into your body, it's just a contact lens you wear that monitors your glucose levels and wirelessly sends it to a device. That's pretty awesome
I doubt it will be ready anytime soon, though. But it's still very excellent news for diabetic people. Right now I have an insulin pump connect by a hose that injects to my abdomen, and my CGM that connects there too. So the less stuff connected to me, the better
If any diabetics have a chance to try one, I'd definitely recommend it. I hear the Dexcom version works a bit better than the Medtronic one, although since I already have a Medtronic insulin pump, I went with that one.