Talk with a clinician about options for blood glucose management
The American Diabetes Association determined in 2015 – the most recent statistics to date – that 9.4percent of the population in this country has diabetes. People live with the condition every day, and often have to adapt their lives to monitor their blood sugar levels throughout the day. If a diabetic’s blood sugar levels become too high, the individual in question may experience complications, one of which is poor wound healing. According to Wound Care Centers’ website, a diabetic may not notice external wounds such as burns, scrapes or cuts to the skin due to poor circulation. Thus, it is extremely important that an individual with diabetes is aware of the amounts of glucose in his or her blood.
Individuals can also attend to their diets and ensure they get enough exercise to help moderate blood sugar.
Advancements in blood glucose monitoring
A recent report released by IDTechEx examined the new methods with which blood sugar data can be captured and reported to diabetic patients. There are newer, different sensors in development or already on the market that can assist those with diabetes in insulin delivery and the potential prevention of diabetic ulcers. According to the report summary, the industry aims to move beyond blood test strips and look for alternatives, like subcutaneous sensors, to enable diabetics to better control the glucose in their bodies. Eventually, this may help some with the condition avoid diabetic wounds and other associated complications.
To determine the optimal method of checking blood sugar, diabetics should discuss their options with a clinician. He or she can help the patient find a way to care for themselves that fits in well with their lifestyle and with their level of comfort using technology.
How technology can help
There are many devices and gadgets that can help a diabetic patient check in with blood glucose;, the most common type is one where a patient applies a very small amount of blood to a sensor or a strip and it is analyzed by a machine. Now, this process has aligned itself with a trendy fitness monitoring product – the Fitbit. According to Engadget, the Fitbit Iconic model – a wearable fitness tracker that counts daily steps , sleep and other activity – has teamed up with Dexcom, which makes glucose monitoring devices. The company has produced a sensor that is placed under the skin and continuously checks blood sugar levels. The user can then receive a fairly comprehensive, steady measurement of glucose in the body throughout the day. Those who opt to use this method will be able to see the information collected on the Fitbit Iconic’s screen in 2018 when the technology is released to the public, the source said.
When blood glucose levels are too high in the body for an extended period of time, according to Wound Care Centers, it can cause a diabetic’s immune system to malfunction. If technology can help prevent this, those with diabetes may feel the development is a positive one.
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