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Advancements Improve Quality of Life for Type 1 Diabetics

Hospital news | Thursday, October 8, 2020

Prairie du Chien, WI – Those living with type 1 diabetes know that self-management of the condition is a daily task consisting of regular blood sugar checks and healthy lifestyle habits. Recent technology advancements and treatments can improve the quality of life for people with type 1 diabetes through the use of non-invasive blood glucose monitoring devices.

“The advancements in technology and treatments for diabetes management have improved tremendously over the past few years,” commented Matthew Snitker, Family Nurse Practitioner at Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Prairie du Chien. “From continuous glucose monitors that don’t require finger sticks to different types of insulins, there are multiple options available that can help people achieve their goals and live life to their fullest ability.”

As a type 1 diabetic himself, Snitker shared, “I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 24 years old. I personally understand the struggles of living with a chronic disease and can relate to others going through similar experiences. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I utilize my personal experiences to help others manage their health with appropriate evidence-based practices.”

When managing type 1 diabetes, it’s important to choose the right blood glucose meter. The American Diabetes Association offers these items to consider:

  • Ease of use – Can the numbers on the screen be easily read? Some meters are made for simpler operation, whether it’s larger buttons, illuminated screens, and audio capabilities.
  • Cost and insurance coverage – Meters vary in price, and some insurers limit coverage to specific models. Start by checking with a primary care provider to find out insurance coverage.
  • Information retrieval – Consider how the meter retrieves information and whether it can download the data to a computer or mobile device to email it to a primary care provider.
  • Flexibility – For individuals who are tired of finger pricks, there’s an alternative site monitor that draws blood samples from the arm, thigh, or the palm of the hand, or continuous glucose monitors that have the ability to Bluetooth readings to a cell phone or insulin pump.

With so many options available, selecting the correct treatment and management plan can seem overwhelming.

“Right now, there are more choices than ever that are easy to use and less invasive,” continued Snitker. “If you are newly diagnosed or have been managing your diabetes for years, I strongly encourage you to learn as much as possible about the latest technology available. I would welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your experiences and how we can work together as a team to manage your type 1 diabetes as easy and pain-free as possible.”

In addition to providing care for those with chronic health conditions, Snitker also provides pediatric care, men’s and women’s health, DOT physicals, and acute care for all ages. To schedule an appointment with Matthew at the Crossing Rivers Health Clinic in Prairie du Chien, call 608.357.2500.