Track Your Max in Webster offers the most modern health and body health resources to meet your health and fitness needs. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art equipment and tests that can provide you with an accurate picture of your overall health, including your metabolism, hormones, and biochemistry. One of the most exciting new developments is the Continuous Glucose Monitoring system or CGM for short which is transforming the world of diabetes and general health.
What is continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)?
A CGM is a compact medical device that continuously monitors your glucose levels. The reading levels are taken at intervals giving an almost real-time look at your glucose levels throughout the day.
The system is made up of a small sensor, a transmitter, and a display monitor. However, many of our patients love the smartphone mobile app that displays the data collected by the CGM.
How does CGM work?
The CGM system was designed for simplicity and convenience. To use the CGM, you insert a small sensor onto your abdomen or arm with a cannula (tiny plastic tube) slightly penetrating the top layer of skin. The tube then collects interstitial fluid (the fluid that surrounds cells in your body) and takes glucose readings from that liquid. A single sensor can last up to 14 days and can be worn continuously.
A transmitter connected to the sensor allows the device to send wireless data to a monitoring device that displays the data in an easy-to-read format. Our devices are even equipped with smartphone compatibility to receive your information directly to your mobile device. You can even set your CGM to send alerts & notifications when your blood sugar levels are rising too high or dropping too low.
Traditional fingersticks meters or blood glucose meters are a thing of the past. Although revolutionary in their time, they cannot provide the constant glucose updates that the CGM provides.
Why Try Continuous Glucose Monitoring?
Continuous glucose monitoring can help you automatically track your glucose levels (blood sugar) throughout the day. This allows you to observe trends in real-time, allowing you to make more informed and educated decisions about how to balance your food, physical activity, and medicine.
For those with diabetes, type I or type II, it is a terrific alternative to the traditional fingerstick and offers greater constant measuring and data collection options. However, even for those who have prediabetes or simply wish to know more about how their body functions and processes food and energy, the CGM system can provide health insights that were not possible or inconvenient in the past.
At Track Your Max, we utilize the Abbott FreeStyle Libre for all of our CGM services. If indicated and prescribed by our certified physicians, our office will put on a CGM after your consultation with one of our certified physicians. You will be asked to maintain a food dairy but make no other lifestyle change for the next 14 days. In the follow up consultation after 14 days, the physician will go over the CGM data with you to help you understand your blood sugar trends as well as metabolic response to different foods. You and the physician can then jointly create a plan that is personalized to your metabolism.