For young Latinos with type 1 diabetes, there are many benefits to using a continuous glucose monitor in their diabetes treatment plan.
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The use of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for young adults with type 1 diabetes has many benefits compared to the use of fingersticks. What is a continuous glucose monitor? It is a small device worn on the skin that can measure changes in blood sugar level around-the-clock every few minutes so that individuals can track not only what their blood sugar level is, but also whether the level is getting higher or lower or staying the same. This device can be easily incorporated into people’s everyday lives without the worry of fingersticks, while also providing a lot of benefits for their diabetes treatment. The research shows that having this level of ongoing feedback can help people make better treatment decisions that may help reduce average blood sugar levels (A1C) in the long-term.
It is very common for Latino teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes to struggle to keep their blood sugar level in a healthy range. As we know, having a blood sugar level that is too high can cause serious health complications if it is not treated. As a result, using a CGM is a great way to address the issue of maintaining a healthy blood sugar level for young Latinos.
This study found that, after 6 months of using the CGM, the young participants (ages 14- 24) had a .4% decrease in A1C level compared with fingersticks. In addition, participants using CGM spent 7% (or 1.7 hours) more time within a healthy blood sugar level range compared to the group that used fingersticks. In general, the group using the CGM experienced much less hyperglycemia and was also more satisfied with their blood sugar monitoring than the other group. There have been a lot of improvements made to the CGM technology in recent years so that today it is a much easier-to-use device than before. In conclusion, this study shows a very positive outlook on the use of diabetes technology for young Latino populations with many benefits in diabetes management and treatment.
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