Mercy's Dr. Supneet Saluja Discusses Continuous Glucose Sensor Monitoring
Technology has changed many aspects of our lives, and now it's changing the way diabetes patients manage their disease. Continuous glucose monitoring systems help patients track their blood sugar levels in real time.
Jaimie Hanson looks at her phone a lot for a very good reason. The numbers on the screen are vital to managing her diabetes.
"I can just literally touch my phone and it tells me exactly what my blood glucose levels are right at that moment, so I don't have to worry. It's actually on my watch as well, so if I'm at work, I can just tap and see exactly where I am; exactly what to do at that moment," Hanson said.
Her physician, Supneet K. Saluja, M.D., an endocrinology specialist at The Center for Endocrinology at Mercy Medical Center, can track the information as well. According to Dr. Saluja, there are several brands of continuous glucose monitoring systems.They all work about the same way. Patients wear a sensor on their arm that gets a reading of their blood.
"Then there is a transmitter which takes that information and sends it to either a receiver that looks like this or an app on your phone. Then you can look at not only what your blood sugars are but also the trends. Is it creeping up; is it going down?" Dr. Saluja said.
"When the arrows are going up, I know to give myself a little more insulin. When the arrows are going down, I know to eat something," Hanson said.
Hanson can look at the information on a graph and recall what was happening during a drop or rise in glucose levels.
"Yeah, I ate a sweet potato," Hanson said.
Hanson and Dr. Saluja can review more than a month’s worth of data and make adjustments accordingly. The system will also send an alert to not just the patient but family members, warning of an unsafe glucose level.
Hanson is thankful for the peace of mind this new technology provides.
"Oh absolutely. I have two children. I want to be here for them," Hanson said.
View Mercy endocrinologist Dr. Supneet Saluja’s interview about continuous glucose sensor monitoring.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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