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Using glucose sensor in self-monitoring

When it comes to self-monitoring in MDI or pump therapy, use of a glucose sensor has largely replaced finger-prick tests.

Compared to individual blood sugar tests, glucose sensor provides far more accurate data on the way blood sugar behaves and the efficacy of insulin therapy. Finger-prick tests are still used to verify the results of the sensor, if necessary. Some devices require finger-prick tests to calibrate the device.

Usually, it suffices to check your blood sugar the traditional way in the case of diabetes, which either doesn’t require insulin or requires only basal insulin. Even then, short-term glucose sensor use may be useful for better lifestyle management and designing the drug or insulin therapy.

The availability of glucose sensors may vary from one part of the country to the next. It is also essential that the person using glucose sensing learns to take advantage of the opportunities it offers in the implementation of self-management.

You can find the glucose sensor systems suitable for MDI therapy available in Finland on the importers’ websites.

Updated 8.11.2023