People with type 1 diabetes (T1D) must check their blood-glucose levels often and are usually advised to do so 4‒6 times a day.
There are two ways in which people can track their blood-sugar levels:
Glucometer (glucose meter)
- Checking blood-glucose levels involves taking a small drop of blood, usually from the fingertip, and placing it on a test strip in a glucometer, or glucose meter.
- Blood-sugar levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). A normal blood-sugar level is between 70 and 140 mg/dL, but depending on the person and a doctor’s recommendation, sometimes the recommended target range is expanded.
Continuous glucose monitor (CGM)
- A continuous glucose monitor is a device that tracks a person’s tissue sugar in real time.
- CGMs work by wearing a sensor just under the skin that measures the tissue-glucose levels. The levels are then relayed to a receiver, which displays the readings in real time.
We are working to provide technology that is small, user-friendly and accurate, so that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) can get through the day without needing to check blood-sugar levels or dose insulin as often.
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