Continuous glucose monitoring allows the recording of real-time interstitial glucose levels every 5 minutes over a sustained period of time. It is a very helpful way to gain an understanding of a person’s glucose levels over the whole day, especially at times when it is difficult to take a capillary blood glucose level e.g. overnight.
Australians with type 1 diabetes are eligible for subsidised continuous glucose monitoring or interstitial monitoring via the National Diabetes Services Scheme if they are over 21 years of age and have an eligible concession card. Read more here.
The Dexcom 6 has been launched in Australia with great expectations of increased uptake due to the new features that increase ease of application and protection from hypoglycaemia.
Equally, the Freestyle Libre interstitial monitoring sensor has also seen improvements and there also has been increased use across Australia.
Below is an example of the read-out gained from the insertion of a special sensor and transmitter into the skin on your abdomen to track glucose levels. This information is then sent to a receiver with glucose levels available in real-time on the screen. This includes arrows to indicate if levels are trending up or down. The complete data is also downloaded for further review at the end of the period using the equipment.
EdHealth Australia’s continuous glucose monitoring service helps people with:
- type 1 diabetes
- type 2 diabetes
- gestational diabetes.
This service is for you if you want to:
- see real time recordings of glucose levels
- check what happens to glucose levels overnight
- identify the pattern of your glucose levels over 1-2 weeks
- see how your levels react to meals, stress, exercise and medication changes
- problem solve ongoing hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia
- achieve improved glucose levels before trying to have a baby
- try continuous glucose monitoring to see if you want to invest in this technology
You can self refer or be referred by your general practitioner, endocrinologist or medical
practitioner for continuous glucose monitoring.
Two appointments are required:
- Insertion of sensor, transmitter inserted, receiver fields set-up, education on use and
care of equipment.
- Removal of sensor, ending the sensor session, data download and report emailed.
You purchase the sensor for you to use with EdHealth Australia’s loan transmitter and
receiver. Many people say insertion of the sensor hurts less than their injection and fingerpricks.
The receiver will show if levels are rising or dropping with arrows appearing on the
screen, providing faster information on the trend of the glucose levels. The receiver stays
charged for approximately 3 days, taking 5hrs to fully charge. The transmitter needs to be
kept within 6 meters of the receiver to read the levels
Blood glucose levels are still required but only twice a day to help calibrate the receiver.
Cost of continuous glucose monitoring
- $100 incl GST to purchase disposable sensor to record interstitial levels
- $135 for appointment with Credentialled Diabetes Educator to insert the sensor and
set-up the receiver and educate in its use
- $90 for the appointment to take the sensor out and download data, email results
- EdHealth Australia provides the transmitter and receiver on loan for the 2-week period.
To arrange an appointment, call 0412 102 048 or email Jayne Lehmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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