Digital technology is advancing in every aspect of life and managing diabetes is no exception
Before we go into Time in Range measurements in detail, let’s first get familiar with Time in Range. If you have only just heard of Time in Range or want to refresh your memory, this article will give you a quick overview.
If you are already using a continuous glucose monitoring device (CGM) to check your sugar levels, then you will be familiar with the numbers that you see on your smartphone or on your CGM app. If you are new to digital health monitoring devices, don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds!
Time in Range (the amount of time that you spend within your blood
sugar range) is measured using the numbers from your CGM.1
This information forms part of your ambulatory glucose profile (AGP)
The AGP is a simple one-page summary of all your 24-hour glucose readings over a period of time – usually 14 days.1 Many CGMs will now allow you to read your AGP report on your glucose monitoring device. You can also download the report onto a computer.2
The ambulatory glucose profile (AGP) contains detailed information about your diabetes blood sugar patterns and how much time you spend in your target blood sugar range each day.1 It shows how your blood sugar varies during the day, between different days and across the whole 14 days. It can help you talk with your healthcare professional about what is currently working for you and your diabetes, and what you might like to change.1,2 But what does the AGP look like?
Here is a helpful breakdown:1
Even with only a very basic understanding of your ambulatory glucose profile (AGP), you will have more information about your blood sugar patterns to help improve your diabetes management.1,2 This can help you feel more in control and reduce your risk of health complications.1,3,4 When you are measuring your Time in Range, here are some of the extra things you could talk about with your healthcare professional:
Once you are familiar with your ambulatory glucose profile (AGP), reading your Time in Range can be quite simple and, as you get more confident, you and your healthcare professional can discuss your ambulatory glucose profile (AGP) in more detail which can help you to better manage your diabetes. And the better you manage your diabetes, the more you are in control, and the more you could be able to live a healthy life and reduce your risk of long-term complications.1,3,4