New guidelines offer recommendations for using continuous glucose monitoring in type 1 diabetics

Individuals who have type 1 diabetes may be able to utilize continuous glucose monitor tools to manage their blood sugar safely and accurately, according to a new set of guidelines.

The Endocrine Society said the method of blood sugar monitoring is appropriate for certain individuals with type 1 diabetes, despite recent fears that various types of devices may provide inaccurate results.

Continuous glucose monitoring devices test interstitial fluid directly beneath the skin. A sensor is inserted into the skin and is connected to a meter that measures individuals' blood sugar consistently throughout the day. This saves diabetics from pricking their fingers to test glucose levels and enables them to always have up to date readings.

Despite these benefits, some experts have said the devices are counterproductive, as early generations did not always deliver consistent and accurate readings. However, in recent years the technology has improved to a point where many experts now recommend them as a useful way to manage blood sugar levels.

The new guidelines for continuous glucose monitoring say that all children with type 1 diabetes may benefit from using the technology and adults with type 1 diabetes should feel free to use the tools if they have a demonstrated ability to wear the necessary device on a near-daily basis.

Some adults may find it difficult to use continuous glucose monitoring devices because their daily routines may change or make wearing an external device throughout an entire day impossible.

Officials from the Endocrine Society said that this, as well as the high cost of continuous glucose monitoring technology, may prevent many individuals from utilizing the system. However, for those who are able to fit the devices into their lifestyle, they may become a powerful tool to assist in blood sugar management.