Controlling Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics

Device helps prevent hypoglycemic episodes

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TUESDAY, June 17, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- A new continuous glucose-monitoring system that identifies unhealthy blood sugar levels in diabetics helps reduce hypoglycemic episodes by nearly 50 percent, says a study presented June 15 at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in New Orleans.

The study found therapy adjustments based on information from the glucose-monitoring system, called CGMS System Gold, helped doctors to significantly limit the frequency and length of hypoglycemia in people with type 1 diabetes, compared to those who relied on standard fingerstick readings to manage their blood glucose.

The randomized, multi-center study of 128 patients found those using the CGMS System Gold device had nearly half as many hypoglycemic episodes. They also experienced hypoglycemic episodes for a much shorter duration.

The device can track glucose fluctuations that often go unnoticed by people with diabetes who use standard fingerstick measurements. The device automatically takes up to 288 glucose measurements over a 24-hour period for up to three days.

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SOURCE: American Diabetes Association, news release, June 15, 2003
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