By CYRTD Latest Reply 2010-05-28 17:55:21 -0500
Started 2010-05-28 09:39:46 -0500

Does anyone know of a device a person can wear while sleeping, that will warn you awake if blood sugar gets dangerously low?

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kdroberts 2010-05-28 10:03:17 -0500 Report

A continuous glucose monitor. The available ones in the US are Dexcom Seven+, Abbott Navigator and Medtronic Guardian. The medtronic one can be used as a standalone device or integrated with the minimed insulin pump. The Dexcom one is soon to be integrated into the Ping insulin pump but. None can give 100% accurate readings but they can get close and all have alarms that will trigger if glucose is too high or too low. Do you or somebody else have issues with low blood sugar at night? It would be best to talk to a doctor about the treatment plan first to see if something can be tweaked. CGM's are not cheap to buy or run.

monkeymama 2010-05-28 17:55:21 -0500 Report

I agree with you on this one. Sometimes, a doctor can put you on a CGM for 3 days to see if there needs to be changes made to your treatment as well. The other option if your BG is running close to low before bed is eating a light (low carb) snack before you go to bed. I am looking to go on the CGM once Animas links theirs to the PING (which I have already) which I have looked and it is not cheap to be on. The CGM Units run around $900.00 plus just for the unit itself. That is not including the additional cost for the supplies and censors.