Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine recently conducted a study on the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring systems. They found that in patients with type 1 diabetes, use of these systems improved their blood glucose level awareness. In turn, this awareness helped to avoid severe hypoglycemia.
People with long standing diabetes are at a heightened risk for severe hypoglycemia. This is due to problems with recognizing symptoms of hypoglycemia and glucose counter-regulation. While continuous glucose monitoring systems won’t improve the body’s defenses against hypoglycemia, they did show promise in alerting patients to when their glucose levels were low.
These findings were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on November 28, 2017.