Checking glucose levels is the biggest challenge for diabetic patients, as more than 90% of people with this disease are not well controlled in Mexico, Dr. said. Alejandra Méndez Pérez.
"One of the biggest challenges patients face is the lack of control over glucose levels, as only 5.3% of them are well controlled," said the internist and specialist in chronic diseases.
Diabetes affects 425 million people in the world and most are susceptible to complications related to the disease, so it is urgent to inform patients about the right control, the specialist said.
The expert said that although in Mexico more than 87% of diagnosed patients are under medical treatment, few gain control over the disease because they are not trained about their lifestyle, according to EFE.
Méndez Pérez explained that diabetics generally have promotions and reductions in their glucose levels throughout the day, and these variations may increase the risk of complications related to their condition and affect the quality of their lives.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, the normal glucose levels in a person range from 70 to 180 milligrams per deciliter.
However, these levels vary during the day due to factors such as food intake, exercise, emotions or medication consumption, so that diabetics can be hyper- or hypoglycemic without being aware of them.
In order to achieve very accurate monitoring to improve disease control, Medtronic today introduced Continuous Monitoring of professional glucose, a device that enables healthcare professionals to determine the variability in glucose levels as a long day
The test consists of a sensor that is placed for six days, the time in which glucose is measured every 5 minutes, which translates with high precision into 288 daily measurements.
"This allows health professionals to get a complete picture of glucose behavior 24 hours a day, helping to identify variations that are not detected with controls such as glycated hemoglobin or capillary glucose measurements," he said. Dr. Juan Villagordoa.
The endocrinologist and diabetes researcher said during a press conference that this enables doctors to make precise adjustments in the treatment of diabetics and patients to better understand their condition and the effects that treatment and their lifestyle have on their disease.
The device can be used in both children and adults and it is recommended to carry out the measurement every six months to obtain a better control of glucose levels.
The device is placed under the skin, in the abdomen, lower back, buttock or arm and because it is almost imperceptible to the patient, he can perform his normal activities without being aware of his glucose levels.
"This prevents people from cheating if they do not have their glucose under control," said Villagordoa.
The device is designed as a tool for health professionals and although it is currently only available at private level in Mexico, it is expected that it will soon be able to reach public health services "because we know that in the country this disease is already an epidemic", said the expert.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, at least 12 million Mexicans live with this disease, but only 4.5 million are diagnosed.
According to data from the National Health Survey in mid-2016, 75% of diabetics do not have good control over their disease.