The difference in the experience between the two models (top: SEVEN, bottom: G4) of Dexcom CGMs is more than just visual.
Controlling your sugars without a true image of where you are coming from and how fast you are getting there feels like working with one hand tied behind your back.
While a glucose meter offers an invaluable, quick snapshot of where your number is in an exact moment, it does not tell the whole story.
Offering a wiggly line graph to depict the rise and fall of your glucose, as well as assist in announcing the speed at which you are a– or de-scending, a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) gives a much more comprehensive image of why your number is where it is.
A “citation needed” sticker makes a nice addition to any meter display.
If you’ve ever gotten the munchies when you’ve been high (blood sugar-wise, of course), you know how annoying it can be.
Doesn’t it always seem to feel like you can count on hunger to coincide with hyperglycemia, while low blood sugars seem to love sneaking up on you when you’re completely stuffed?
A recent discussion on /r/diabetes, the diabetes community of Reddit, focused on this topic and I was compelled to reply since I’ve come to know that there are certainly very real reasons for this occurrence, despite it just seeming like the ultimate practical joke of a metabolism.
“Because I have type 1 diabetes, I haveto be conscious of what I am eating. Because I am a vegan, I am “picky” about what I am consciously eating.”
From few times I have been asked to elaborate upon the overlap between my medical condition and my lifestyle decision, I have found that this statement is a simplified way to cover everything — while usually, and perhaps more importantly, being met with a chuckle.
Having type 1 diabetes (T1D) for over 11 years means that I have involuntarily been committed to a relationship for half of my life. Needless to say, a bond that long is bound to imply a level of insight, even if just an entirely subjective one due to personal experience. It can therefore be difficult not to feel compelled to want to answer to every misunderstanding articulated around you about diabetes all at once.
A simple answer sometimes says the most.
Of course, if you’re interested in my simple answer being explained further, allow me to do so. (I mean, c’mon, you’d be hard-pressed to find a situation I wouldn’t end up complicating. Ask anyone close to me.)