Internet access impacts health
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted underserved U.S. communities, such as Black and Latino communities. These populations already have high rates of diabetes. The pandemic has also increased remote medical care. This is called telehealth. As a result, we need to ensure that people with diabetes can access affordable devices and technologies. This allows people at home to remotely monitor and manage their health from home. In the past, these same groups have faced challenges in accessing effective diabetes technologies and care. This includes internet access, an important social factor that impacts health (also called a “social determinant of health”).
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for people with diabetes not using insulin
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) may help people who are at risk of developing diabetes as well as people already living with diabetes. Until recently, only people taking insulin could use CGM. At Sansum Diabetes Research Institute (SDRI) and elsewhere, we see more uses for glucose monitoring. This includes using CGM for people with diabetes not using insulin. CGM is just one example of a technology that may greatly improve diabetes care. Other examples include activity monitors such as FitBits, electronic scales, and devices for measuring blood pressure at home.
We encourage everyone involved to urge U.S. lawmakers in diabetes care to increase access to the many technologies needed for successful telehealth.