Sensors can help type 1 diabetics control their blood glucose levels better

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attaching a blood sugar sensor to an insulin pump helps patients with type 1 diabetes control their glucose level better.

Research conducted at 30 healthcare facilities across North America showed a significant decrease in average blood sugar levels in patients who utilized sensors. These devices were part of an integrated system incorporating an insulin pump and self-management software, and they transmitted wireless electric signals to help monitor the amount of blood glucose.

These individuals did not experience the shakiness and heart palpitations associated with hypoglycemia, which is a common problem in people who are trying to achieve better control of their glucose.

Those who used sensors successfully reached the target level of glucose - 7 percent or less - and consequently reduced their risk of developing complications such as kidney failure, cardiovascular disease and blindness.

“Combining the best technologies for insulin delivery and blood sugar monitoring really pays off for diabetes control,” said Bruce Perkins, one of the study’s co-authors. “Being aware of continuous blood sugar trends and having the tools to do something about them can help committed patients of all ages self-manage their [condition] very well.”