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Continuous Glucose Sensor Companies

Continuous Monitors

A continuous monitor reveals short-term trends in the blood sugar as they happen. You can see the direction your blood sugar is taking in the last 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, or 24 hours, depending on what times the monitor offers. Various companies have already released continuous monitors, with more companies developing theirs every day. Significant differences in accuracy can be seen in one individual when two different continuous monitors are worn at the same time.

Guardian REAL-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
In 2006, some 14 years after beginning its CGMS project, MiniMed received FDA approval for sale of its Paradigm REAL-Time System. This system integrates the x22 series of Paradigm pumps with a continuous glucose monitor. The monitor's accuracy is not good enough to give bolus doses from and it is certainly not accurate enough to "close the loop" which still appears to be several years off. But it does help determine trends in blood sugarmlevels and can provide early warning for when a blood sugar test may be warranted for a rise or fall in the blood sugar.

Makers of the Paradigm Real Time System www.minimed.com 866-948-6633   
Dexcom SEVEN
DexCom, headquartered in San Diego, California, is focused on developing technology for continuous glucose monitoring to improve the lives of people with diabetes. Their DexCom STS system was approved by the FDA on March 27, 2006. Since then, Dexcom has upgraded their system to the new Dexcom SEVEN.

Makers of the Seven System www.cozmore.com 877-339-2664              

Abbott FreeStyle Navigator®
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the FreeStyle Navigator® Continuous Glucose Monitoring System in the United States for people with diabetes. Designed to discretely and continuously measure glucose levels through a sensor in the back of the upper arm or abdomen, this system provides minute-by-minute information about which way and how quickly blood sugar levels are changing. This information can lead to adjustments that can result in tighter glucose ranges. As with all current continuous monitors, a traditional fingerstick glucose test should be performed before making any treatment decisions.

Makers of the Freestyle Navigator www.freestylenavigator.com 866-597-5520