CGM or continuous glucose monitoring as the name suggests, is used to monitor the glucose levels in the body. It is a minimally invasive technique to measure the glucose and can be used in both conditions, when a patient uses insulin pumps or injections.
Advantages of using a CGM device:
CGM devices are an easy and viable option as opposed to finger pricks. Its major merit being continuous monitoring and record, CGM devices are becoming increasingly common among diabetic patients. The advantages of using a continuous glucose monitoring device are as follows.
It can immediately read the rising and falling glucose levels. This in turn ensures prompt action and eliminations of risks as a result.
There is an alarm that goes off if the glucose levels touch extreme highs and lows. This means that even if the individual does not have any special expertise, he is alerted of the glucose levels.
Is an effective way to control diabetes without having to experiment with different foods as it registers the glucose levels 24X7.
Lower risks involved and better results are assured with a CGM device.
Disadvantages of using a CGM device:
It is inevitable that everything has it advantages and disadvantages. The CGM devices are an easy, comfortable and effective option that ensures continuous tracking and monitoring of the glucose level. However, its usage has the following disadvantages.
It is a costly process.
Its usage does not completely eliminate finger pricks. For assured accuracy, a meter reading is mandatory.
It gives too much information and tracking data. This requires special skills and training so as to manage the diabetes.