Researchers from the University of British Columbia have recently completed an eight-week pilot study to determine how continuous glucose monitoring might impact people living with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. This study divided participants into two groups – the first was provided with a continuous glucose monitor and received education on goal-setting, monitoring, and the way that exercise affects blood sugar, while the second group only received general tips involving stress management and foot care.
Researchers found that the group with the continuous glucose monitor was more likely to stick to their exercise program, and they also were more likely to continue exercising a month after the study ended. Since physical activity is crucial for people with diabetes because it can help to regulate blood sugar, clinicians should consider the use of CGM and counseling as a treatment option for the future.
These findings were published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics in May 2016.