Lack of access to information and the absence of robust public policies prevent many from knowing their condition and starting appropriate treatment for diabetes. All individuals over 40 and those who are hypertensive, overweight or have a family history of diabetes should check their blood glucose regularly.
But how many times a day should the individual repeat the finger prick at home? There is no magic formula. Generally speaking, when diabetes (either type 1 or type 2) requires insulin treatment, it is recommended to check up to seven times over the course of 24 hours: before and after meals and even at dawn. In type 2 diabetics who use oral medications and have a balanced condition, there is no recommendation for such fixed measures. You just can’t forget to check from time to time.
But the debut of a new technology is really changing the way diabetes can be monitored. Now, there is an approach of continuous blood glucose monitoring systems. Instead of punctures in the fingers, the diabetic attaches a sensor the size of a dollar coin on the back of the arm, which stays there for 14 days straight.
If he wants to know the rate, just bring a device similar to a cell phone to the sensor, which points the balance on the screen. More than that, this device indicates the tendency for sugar to fall or rise in the next few hours, which helps to avoid situations of excess or lack of glucose, the notorious hyper and hypoglycemia.
Closely analyzing the diabetic’s glycemic curves – especially type 1 and type 2 that demand insulin – is the dream of any healthcare professional. This allows us to catch changes that were previously imperceptible.
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