Blood sugar monitoring
Manage your diabetes with confidence
Careful glucose monitoring is key to controlling blood sugar levels, maintaining health and reducing the complications of diabetes. The expert professionals at The London Diabetes Centre offer the very latest technologies and treatments for diabetes. The multidisciplinary team can recommend an up-to-date device or recommend a continuous glucose monitor, so that you can actively manage your diabetes simply and with confidence.
The latest technology for accurate glucose monitoring
Regular glucose testing will help you learn how food, stress, exercise and other factors affect your sugar levels. This can help you and your specialist team adjust treatment, plan meals and keep your diabetes under control.
Technology is making understanding and analysing glucose readings much easier. Apps on smartphones or watches can help you keep an eye on your glucose trends. The London Diabetes Centre also encourages patients to work with the diabetes team to improve their control, by sharing glucose readings using Diasend, a web-based diabetes management system.
In addition to monitoring your own glucose levels, the specialist diabetes team at The London Diabetes Centre will arrange an HbA1c blood test every three to six months. It provides a picture of what your average blood glucose has been over the previous few months. The test is always available in our clinic, with results ready in less than within ten minutes. The team aim for a result of below 6.5%, a level that will protect your health and reduce the risk of diabetes complications.
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)?
Continuous glucose monitoring or CGM uses an implanted device to automatically measure the blood sugar levels, every few minutes, 24 hours a day. Finger prick tests provide a snap-shot of your blood glucose levels. Nobody enjoys finger prick tests done as many as 8-10 times a day. The information is difficult to interpret in relation to food intake or exercise. With hundreds of glucose measurements per day CGM offers a fuller picture, even when you’re asleep.
The London Diabetes Centre has access to a full range of manufacturers and sensors. The experienced diabetes specialist nurses can help you choose the one that best suits your personal lifestyle and preferences. The Guardian Connect, Abbott Navigator, Dexcom G5, Medtrum A6 can all make monitoring your glucose and managing your diabetes easier. Research suggests that using a CGM can help reduce your Hba1c without the risk of hypoglycaemia.
Flash glucose monitoring is also possible with the FreeStyle Libre system. A smartphone app can scan the sensor and show how your sugar levels are changing over time. Unlike the CGM system, there is no alarm to highlight hypos or hypers, however it can be a cost-effective option.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s worth upgrading your device. A modern meter will have many additional features and benefits. Newer models convert the result of whole blood automatically to plasma values, require much less blood, provide results more quickly and allow you to upload your results onto your computer for analysis. Some devices can measure blood ketones, which is particularly important for anyone using insulin or other medications that promote ketosis.