Better Monitoring for Diabetes

It is estimated that 1 in 20 Australians (approximately 1.3 million people) are living with diabetes. While the treatment for this condition varies depending on the type and severity, management centres around monitoring glucose levels. Thankfully, the last few years have seen improvements in this area.

Finger Pricks

A common method for measuring glucose levels is with a finger prick. This can be done several times a day, with a drop of blood placed onto a test strip and inserted into a blood glucose monitor. The monitor provides a reading of the current blood sugar level, which will then be used to determine diet, exercise, and medication use.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring

A new option available is a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). This non-invasive alternative replaces the prick with a small sensor. The sensor is attached to the skin with a thin, flexible filament, allowing for continuous blood sugar level monitoring throughout the day with little to no input from the wearer.

There are a number of options available, with dedicated monitors that report readings in real-time, as well as apps that can be downloaded to a phone or tablet that can let you see your results at a glance.

Great for Seniors

This type of monitoring can be very beneficial for seniors.

By providing real-time glucose readings, both throughout the day and night, seniors can make more informed decisions regarding their management options. With up-to-date readings always on hand, there is less risk of complications due to high or low blood sugar levels.

The monitors are also great for giving alerts, providing peace of mind to both seniors and their caregivers. This can be especially beneficial to those who may have difficulty recognising the symptoms of low or high blood sugar, including confusion, dizziness, and weakness. Seniors with mobility or vision issues that make it difficult to perform finger pricks, or who may have cognitive impairments making it hard to test their blood sugar regularly, will also no longer be at increased risk of complications.

Another benefit for seniors living with diabetes is the freedom from continuous glucose monitoring can give them. Planning their day and managing their condition becomes so much easier.

Managing diabetes can become more challenging as you age due to natural processes, additional health issues, medication, as well as lifestyle factors. To manage diabetes effectively, seniors may need additional support and resources. Speak to your doctor about new treatment and
monitoring options that may be available to you.

Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide

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