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Glucose Monitoring Devices

Posted on November 4, 2018 | No Comments on Glucose Monitoring Devices

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) conducted and funded a study which tested three brands of continuous glucose monitoring devices.

According to the researchers, these devices from Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic and DexCom, Inc. helped type 1 diabetics maintain their blood glucose levels within the desired range.

The team studied 322 adults and children for a year and randomly assigned them to use the device or to continue managing their diabetes normally. Every six months, researchers submitted results which showed that adults aged 25 and above were more likely to use the devices consistently and also had the most significant improvement in blood sugar control.

On the other hand, children and teens, aged eight to 15, did not have a significant improvement. However, those who used the monitoring devices did a better job than those who didn’t, researchers report during the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Rome.

In another report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 30 percent of those who used the devices were able to bring down their HbA1c levels to the desired level of seven. According to Dr. Aaron Kowalski of JDRF, the absolute drop was 0.53, which could mean a lower risk ofdeveloping eye damage which can eventually lead to blindness.

“These results are very important because they show that continuous glucose monitors are more than simply devices of convenience for people with diabetes—they are tools that can substantially improve blood sugar control when used regularly,” he concluded.

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