Globally, patients diagnosed with diabetes increase each year. According to the WHO, more than 422 million people have diabetes. In Bulgaria, an EU member state, more than 500,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Over time, diabetes can be dangerous to your health. If not managed carefully, diabetes can cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. Insulin and other supplies are critical for people living with diabetes. To understand diabetes better, learn about the different types of diabetes below.
Every patient with diabetes should have a BGM (Blood Glucose Monitor) to control blood sugar levels. Patients with diabetes need to check glucose levels regularly with their BGM. Finger pricking may be painful and may expose some patients to the risk of infection from diseases such as hepatitis B. To avoid finger pricking and improve their glycemic control, diabetics may benefit from CGM use.
CGM can be a very helpful aid for diabetic patients. A Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system includes a minimally-invasive glucose sensor, a transmitter and a receiver. A CGM sensor is inserted in the skin and monitors glucose levels in the interstitial fluid. CGM systems usually last for up to 14 days. The CGM sensor should be changed after each session. CGM systems measure glucose levels continuously and in real time. CGM sensors eliminate to a great extent painful finger pricking. CGMs connect to a smartphone application or a PDM, where you can monitor glucose levels.
Continuous glucose monitoring system emerged in 1999. The first long-term blood glucose measurement system was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Over the years, the companies Dexcom, Medtronic, Abbott and Eversense have developed the technology and with subsequent developments achieved greater accuracy and sensor life. CGM sensors now last up to 14 days and measure blood sugar every 2 minutes.
A CGM system for continuous glucose monitoring is compact, waterproof, and barely noticeable through clothing. A CGM system consists of:
We are looking forward to even more advanced and durable glucose monitoring solutions in the future. At this point, CGMs can make a diabetic's life easier. Almost any patient with diabetes can use CGM sensors to measure glucose levels in real time.
Medtrum TouchCare A7+ is a CGM system for up to 14 days use. It measures your glucose levels every 2 minutes. This CGM system comes with handy applications, including a remote view application. The TouchCare CGM requires calibration every 24 hours and is reimbursed in several EU countries.
In September 2021, the NHIF in Bulgaria approved the Medtrum TouchCare A7+ system for reimbursement and it is now free for patients meeting certain criteria. Helmed Bulgaria is the official representative of Medtrum Technologies Inc. in Bulgaria.
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