Quoted from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090801015.html:
Under-the-Skin Blood Sugar Monitor Boosts Diabetes Control
By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter
Monday, September 8, 2008; 12:00 AM
MONDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- A device worn under the skin that measures blood sugar 24/7 can benefit people with type 1 diabetes, a new study shows.
"Continuous glucose monitoring" consists of a disposable blood sugar sensor placed under the skin, worn for a few days and then replaced. The sensor sends data to a transmitter which, in turn, sends it to a receiver worn like a pager. The receiver displays blood glucose levels on a continuous basis.
The device used in the study "monitors blood glucose about every five minutes," said lead researcher Dr. Roy W. Beck, from the Jaeb Center for Health Research in Tampa, Fla. "We evaluated how much benefit, if any, that could have on control of diabetes in both children and adults with type 1 diabetes," he said...