Emotional stress is common in people who care for individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D). These caregivers include parents of T1D children and spouses/partners of T1D adults. Worries about hypoglycemia (very low blood glucose levels) are common, and these concerns can lead to fighting and conflict between the caregiver and the person with T1D. Researchers recently surveyed parents of children with T1D and spouses/partners of T1D adults who were using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). This survey asked about sharing data on blood sugar levels from the CGM. A CGM shows the wearer’s blood sugar levels every few minutes. It can help people to choose the right amount of insulin. It can also alert a person with diabetes if their blood sugar is going up or down too quickly. Researchers found that parents of T1D children and partners of T1D adults liked the CGM. In fact, most felt and slept better and were less stressed about diabetes care. Additionally, having information from the CGM lowered their concerns about hypoglycemia. Most felt more peaceful and less anxious thanks to the CGM. More children and adults with T1D from minority populations need access to CGM, so this technology can help them and their caregivers.

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