Tool for Preventing Lows
Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are becoming increasingly popular among people with diabetes who take insulin or other medications that can cause low blood glucose (hypoglycemia). Now, a study suggests that using a CGM could help older adults with memory problems avoid hypoglycemia. Researchers asked 12 people to wear Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre for two weeks. The device captured hypoglycemia in six of the nine insulin users, and caregivers reported that the device was helpful. The Libre requires users to scan the sensor at least three times a day; scanning less often can lead to data loss. Because of this, the amount of glucose data varied among participants, depending on how many times the sensor was scanned. Other CGMs, which transmit readings automatically and don’t require scanning, might work better for older adults with memory problems.
SOURCE: BMJ Open, published online Nov.18, 2019