People living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) may find a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM device, which provides ongoing insight into glucose levels around the clock, improves their quality of life. JDRF-funded studies have shown that these CGM systems may help lower hemoglobin A1c levels and reduce risk for hypoglycemia.
People who have chosen to adopt a CGM have noticed a real change in their T1D management. Claire Mattison was diagnosed with T1D at age 10, and she says she uses a CGM to help her “live a normal life.” Claire believes that her CGM has helped her reach a long-term goal of lowering her A1c while also allowing her to exercise with the use of temporary basal rates.
Lance Bergstein loves to race cars, and he worked with his endocrinologist to mount a CGM in his race car to constantly keep an eye on his blood glucose. Lance says, “I think it’s important that if someone has a passion, they shouldn’t let T1D interfere with doing things they want to do.”
Angela Harlow didn’t have a CGM during her first two pregnancies, and she was testing her blood sugar 10 to 15 times per day.
During her third pregnancy, she had a CGM which allowed her to stay on top of any changes in her blood sugar. A recent JDRF-funded study,CONCEPTT,showed that using a CGM during and prior to pregnancy improves health outcomes in both mothers and babies.
Those are just some of the many stories of people living with T1D and using a CGM. Learn more about the #PowerOfCGM.