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Dog vs. CGM

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by doratheexplora, Nov 29, 2009.

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  1. KatieJane'smom

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    I couldn't agree more! It's a bit like a tennis match gone bad. I put out an all-call for THREADKILLERS but it was overlooked in all the mahem.
     
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    I'm posting this inline now:
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    JUST STOP ALREADY!!!!
     
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    I'm still so new to all this stuff and feel silly asking, but what is a CGMS?
     
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    continuous glucose monitor system. also called sensors on the board.:)
     
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    Kristi - I think your link could easily be misinterpreted by someone. I would really hope that you aren't saying that one or more posters is trying to one up you - becasue that is exactly what I am reading into that episode...

    And I know in real life you are super duper nice, so I honestly don't want to just assume that you meant it as an insult and would rather think that this is a joke gone wrong.
     
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    No, no insult intended at all. Not even a joke. Just trying to lighten the mood with a funny.
     
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    AMEN!!!

    and then when this post ends can we PLEASE get back to the way CWD used to be?
     
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    Dog vs. CGMS

    Enough of the bickering and get back to discussing this subject rationally.

    First of all, the article posted about Accurate Meters was a legitimate online article first written in 2003. At the time, it may have been accurate. I cannot say because that was six years ago and I don't know if it's still accurate.

    To go back to the initial question, it is my opinion that a CGMS is superior to a dog because it is my understanding that a dog is trained to sense LOWS, not lows and highs. A CGMS (continuous glucose monitoring system) detects both. These devices are not perfect, but they can be very helpful.

    As for a dog affecting one's A1c, it's not going to happen because an A1c is actually an indicator of blood sugars over 150 mg/l [8.3 mmol/L]. Since a dog doesn't detect highs, it wouldn't be that helpful. If your CGMS says 183 mg/dl and you confirm it with a fingerstick, you can give additional insulin to bring that number closer to range (lots of factors affecting this of course, IOB, activity level, in honeymoon or not, puberty or not, etc.). And, in case you've been told that LOW blood sugars will "pull down" or "help reduce" that higher A1c, that's incorrect. What happens is that glucose begins to stick to the red blood cells when the BG hits 150--less if you stay under 200, more if you remain 300 or higher. That glucose goes away only when those red blood cells die, approx. 90 days. This is why most people get an A1c done every three months. Some diabetes specialists are concerned that a lower A1c means "you must be having a lot of lows," which can be true when trying to stay closer to range. Hope this makes sense.
     
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    Oh, no, Brenda! Go back and read this incredibly lengthy thread and you will see those discussions have already taken place.
     
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