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Assistant Professor Gushiken has been conducting research on nursing care for diabetes patients. This research is being carried out with the support of scientific research grant funds. The study is looking into the possibility of tools for educating patients about a new sustainable blood glucose meter known as the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMS). CGMS is able to graph blood glucose measurements continuously over the course of a week. In Japan, the system received approval from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in the fall of 2009 and has been used since 2010. The arrival of this system has made it possible to check for hypoglycemia at night in persons with Type I diabetes and has shone a light on the control of blood glucose at night, which had been a mystery. CGMS gives a visual representation of the relationship between diet, exercise and blood sugar, so it might be effective as a tool for helping people with diabetes to understand the disease and improve self-management. Cases are currently being collected. Because the number of cases is limited to one or two per month, each and every case is important.