I was diagnosed in 1996 with Type 2 diabetes. I have never been able to keep my numbers under control for any length of time. I am experiencing the effects of my stupidity now with Diabetic Neuropathy, severe swings with sugar levels, serious medical problems with everything. My question is this would the Dexcom Continous Glucose Monitor be any help to me? I have never heard of it and was curious if it would be of any help. Thanks

Patty Bonsignore


The Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor provides blood glucose readings every 5 minutes and can alarm if one’s blood glucose is going too high or too low. These alarms can be very helpful for people with erratic blood glucose levels, particularly if they are unable to feel their lows. If you are unable to feel your low blood glucose levels or have a history of passing out, it may be a good idea for you to talk to your doctor about this option. The downside to these monitors is that they have to be worn 24 hours, 7 days a week and require some maintenance and extra work and do not replace blood glucose finger sticks. The monitors and equipment are expensive and for some people can provide too much information and too many alarms. These monitors are not for everyone, but for the right person can be very helpful, so it is worth asking your doctor or diabetes educator about whether it might be right for you.

October 29, 2013 at 11:21 am