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Glucose Meter Painless

New Glucose Monitors Taking The Pain, Unpredictability Out Of Diabetes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Continuous glucose monitors, or CGMs, have been around for some years.

The devices were bulky to wear, had to be calibrated often and had limited ability to track and report blood sugars, reports CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez.

Now a new generation CGM is so good, many doctors say every diabetic should be using it.

Keeping blood sugar within a narrow range is critical to avoid the long term complications of diabetes: blindness, kidney damage, heart attacks, strokes and amputations.

For years that meant finger sticks to check blood sugar, a dozen or more times a day.

“You’ve got to pull out a whole bunch of stuff and the fingersticks hurt, they hurt more than injections, you know, for people,” said Dr. Carol Levy of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center.

Even worse than the pain and inconvenience is that finger sticks only give a snapshot of blood sugar at that instant in time.

“I never knew if it was going up or down or if it was staying stable,” said diabetic patient Lance Bergstein.