Why CGM?

May 16, 2020
 
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: George McConnell, PharmD. Candidate, LECOM School of Pharmacy 

Blood glucose monitors – a breakthrough that followed urine tests and lasted over 50 years – may soon go into the museums, showing how patients with diabetes used to check their blood sugars.  

There has been significant innovation and advancement in diabetic drug therapies and devices for diabetes management in the past few decades. However, diabetes still places a substantial economic and quality of life burden on patients with diabetes. Diabetes is still the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, myocardial infarctions, and myriad other conditions such as higher rates of depression, anxiety, and stress associated with the diagnosis of diabetes. 

There are numerous advancements and refinements of CGM technology since it first entered the US market in 2000....

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