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Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Is It for You?

Joslin’s

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

People with diabetes who are intrigued about continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), or already using a CGM device, can benefit from Joslin classes that help them get the most from this powerful technology.

With CGM, "we've entered a new era of diabetes care," says Howard Wolpert, M.D., Director of the Joslin Diabetes Center Insulin Pump Program. The CGM devices measure blood glucose levels around the clock, using an ultra-thin needle inserted under the skin. Medtronic Minimed introduced the first clinically approved CGM system several years ago, and hundreds of Joslin patients now use the devices.

Joslin’s "Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Is It for You?" is a 90-minute introductory workshop for people thinking of joining the ranks of CGM users. They can learn how a CGM device works, along with the benefits CGM has to offer, including warnings of high and low blood glucose, knowing whether glucose levels are rising or falling, and finding areas for improved glucose control.

"We bring the devices to class so that you can look at them, hold them and see what it would be like to insert the sensor," says patient educator Stacey O'Donnell.

The program emphasizes the need to continue doing conventional finger sticks, and explains why those test results may differ from CGM readings, O'Donnell says.

"The goal of using CGM is not perfection," she adds. "The goal is to be able to see glucose trends and patterns that you may not have been able to see with conventional blood glucose monitoring. ."

Classes are scheduled for the first Monday of every month at 9:00 a.m. To register, please call 617-264-2767.

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