Smart Glucometers Improve Engagment During Pregnancy

A clinic in South Carolina studied 50 pregnant women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and found that use of smart glucometers improved diabetes management. Use of these glucose meters led to increased participant engagement and better informed treatment decisions.

The smart glucometers were cellular-enabled to upload readings in real time to the clinic’s online portal. The smart meters also reported time of day, type of meal eaten, physical activity information, and symptoms. Blood glucose readings taken with the smart meter were automatically uploaded to a patient portal via cellular connectivity and were reviewed daily by diabetes educators.

During the study providers contacted participants when blood glucose readings were less than 50 mg/dL or when there were two consecutive readings of more than 200 mg/dL. They found that women with the smart meter reported more hypoglycemic events and were more likely to use a CGM than those who kept manual log books.

Those with smart glucometers versus those without had no difference in maternal or neonatal complications, except for neonatal hypoglycemia, which was less frequent in those with smart glucometers. For more details, you can read the full study.

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