More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and one in three
adults in the U.S. has prediabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that
can cause significant health issues such as vision loss, heart disease,
stroke, kidney failure, amputation of extremities, and premature death.
These complications can be avoided by keeping blood sugar within normal
limits through physical activity, a balanced diet low in refined carbohydrates,
prescribed medications, and blood sugar level monitoring.
However, this can be really difficult. Other variables can affect blood
sugar levels, including illness, stress, temperature, hormonal cycles,
and elevation. A person with diabetes can do everything “right”
and still have high blood sugar.
Fortunately, as technology has advanced, many diabetes-specific tools have
been created. In particular, the way that individuals can monitor their
blood sugar levels has evolved significantly.
These tools can lead to improved glucose control. St. John’s Diabetes
and Metabolism offers these technologies, appointments with certified
diabetes educators, nutrition counseling, and more. Call our office at
307.733.7222 for an appointment.
Testing sugar levels at home with a glucometer helps patients to manage
their own diabetes on a daily basis. Glucometers are now small enough
to fit in your pocket and can yield results within 3 to 5 seconds.
They can store several weeks of data that can be downloaded to a computer,
allowing both patient and physician to evaluate trends in sugar levels
and change therapies accordingly. Several glucometers allow the patient
to customize the target sugar range, record medication doses and/ or activities,
and receive reminder alarms.Some communicate directly to a smartphone.
CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITORS
Testing blood sugar levels frequently can lead to improved control of diabetes.
However, not many people want to poke their finger 10 times per day. Continuous
glucose monitors (CGM) automatically test the level of sugar underneath
the skin with a special wire or sensor. A wireless receiver interprets
the information and displays the blood sugar number on a screen. CGM devices
measure blood sugar levels continuously and show a result every five minutes.
The receiver can be programmed with customized high and low sugar levels,
and some can alert the user if his or her blood sugar is climbing or dropping
STOP TYPE 2 DIABETES IN ITS TRACKS. The next session of a 16-week Diabetes
Prevention Program will begin in January. Call 307.733.7222 for more information
or to enroll.