Technology and Diabetes
Advanced technological devices are helping individuals with diabetes better manage their condition and avoid complications. The following are just some of the leading-edge devices that are available to patients at Winthrop-University Hospital.
Insulin Pumps or Subcutaneous Insulin Infusions (CSII)
Insulin is usually given by injection. People who need injections at every meal and bedtime may prefer to use an insulin pump. The insulin pump delivers insulin either through a small tube or a patch. The staff at the Diabetes Education Center can help you chose the pump that best meets your needs. You can see and touch all of the different insulin pumps, review the features, ask questions that will help you make the best choice.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems
Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)measure your blood glucose every five minutes. You can have your own personal CGM or you can wear a CGM for three to seven days.
This advanced system has a tiny sensor which is inserted under the skin. The sensor measures the level of glucose in the tissue and sends the information to a recorder. The system automatically records an average glucose every five minutes for the time that it is worn.
You and your diabetes nurse educator review the glucose levels presented as graphs or charts along with your log of meals, blood glucose readings, and exercise.
The data from the CGM help with insulin adjustment when using an insulin pump, injections or medications and gives you feedback that you could never capture by checking your blood glucose with a meter.