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Health Minute: Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Diabetes

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Health Minute: Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Diabetes

Jul 17, 2017
For people with diabetes, monitoring blood sugar levels have gotten easier with technologies that can monitor in real time. On today's Health Minute, Michelle Litchman, a nurse practitioner with the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, explains how continuous glucose monitoring works.

Episode Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: There's a new way to monitor blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. Michelle Litchman is a nurse practitioner from the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. Tell me about real-time glucose monitoring.

Michelle: Real-time, continuous glucose monitoring is essentially a sensor that gets worn underneath the skin that transmits glucose in real time every five minutes onto a receiver. And one of the interesting things about it is not only are you getting your glucose level every five minutes, but you're also getting Tran data. You'll get arrows that will determine how fast your glucose is moving in a direction either up or down. And that information helps people make better decisions about their diabetes management.

The great thing about this is that you can actually set alerts that will alarm you before you get into a dangerous glucose level. Continuous glucose monitoring is available by prescription. Please talk to your healthcare provider if you're interested.

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