AndeeLyn Wardell, RN, BSN writes from a professional and personal view in our January blog. . . .
As an endocrine nurse and someone with type 1 diabetes, it is ever apparent to me how far we have come in the continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) world of diabetes in the last five years. If you attended the Montana Diabetes Education state conference in October, you heard Dr. Eden Miller do a great job of discussing the different CGM options.
What I have seen in practice is agreeable with what Dr. Miller mentioned when it comes to patients and behavior modification with CGM use. Alerts or no alerts, patient’s blood glucose levels improve as they become more aware of what they eat or do and how it affects their glucose level. I have also found that patients have more confidence and peace of mind with their glucose control and spend less time worrying about their blood sugars.
The use of CGM data is a beneficial tool for providers when making treatment decisions for patients with diabetes. CGM helps to bridge the data gap found overnight with self-monitoring blood glucose. Professional CGM is also useful in patients who are unsure if they want a personal device or when there is a question about why their HgbA1C and blood sugar logs do not match.
Another area that I have found very beneficial is with sharable CGM for the family members of those with diabetes. First of course with parents of kids with T1D as it gives them more freedom and peace of mind. Then there are our patients with diabetes who live on their own and their grown children like the ability to view their parent’s data and know their parents are safe.
The use of CGM therapy has been a game changer in my life and I have seen where it has improved the lives of our patients.