Diabetes Forecast

CGMs Help Kids Manage Glucose Levels

By Miriam E. Tucker , , ,

Blooma/Creative Market

Managing glucose levels can be particularly tough for young kids with type 1 diabetes. Using continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) can help. Over one month, researchers examined CGM readings in 107 kids with type 1 diabetes, who ranged in age from 8 to 17. Average A1C, a reflection of average blood glucose over two to three months, was about 7.8 percent in all age groups. However, the pre-puberty group (kids with an average age of 10) had much wider swings between high and low blood glucose levels than the older kids. Since that variation isn’t captured by the A1C number, a CGM, which provides data on the amount of time spent in goal glucose range, can help pinpoint trouble spots.   
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 15, 2019



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