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Research shows benefits of continuous glucose monitors

Findings from two studies show that using continuous glucose monitors (CGM) six days a week or more help people with Type 1 diabetes achieve improved blood glucose levels and fewer hypos.

One study of 451 people aged between eight and 72 showed that regular use of CGM achieved better diabetes control, regardless of the person's age. The second study showed that the long-term impact of CGM saw a reduction in people’s blood glucose levels, and this reduction was sustained for at least 44 weeks.

“CGM is another tool that is used in the monitoring of blood glucose to obtain optimal blood glucose control, particularly in those with consistent glucose control problems on insulin therapy," said Libby Dowling, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"It is useful to provide greater insight into glucose levels throughout the day, supply trend information, and determine benefits of medication changes, and may help identify and prevent unwanted periods of hypo and hyperglycaemia. People wishing to use CGM should discuss this with their diabetes team.”

The studies were funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and were published in the journal 'Diabetes Care'.

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