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What is Dexcom CGM?

Dexcom is a line of FDA approved continuous glucose monitors (CGM) designed for people with type 1 diabetes as well as those with type 2 diabetes who are required to check blood sugar levels regularly.

Unlike standard blood glucose meters, Dexcom does not rely on calibration with painful fingersticks. Instead, a small, water resistant sensor is inserted just beneath the skin of the torso where it can measure blood glucose levels in the interstitial fluid. Glucose data is then transmitted to a reader or smart device (apple, android, etc.)

Patients can wear a Dexcom sensor for up to 10 days for consistent blood sugar readings. There is no need to remove the sensor during showering or exercising. With CGM, your blood sugar levels are measured consistently and accurately without fingersticks. Instead of a handful of data points a day, you’ll have dozens of blood glucose readings to review and share whenever you choose.

Dexcom G5 CGM System

Dexcom launched the G5 CGM system in 2015 as the first fully mobile system of its kind for children and adults. For the first time, patients could easily monitor their glucose levels in real time from a smart device. The G5 sensor sends glucose readings wirelessly to a smart device app or reader via transmitter every 5 minutes. The G5 makes it simple for patients to see their blood sugar trends at a glance and to share their CGM data with a healthcare professional.

Read on for more information about Dexcom’s latest CGM version, the G6.

Dexcom G6 System

The latest version in the Dexcom line is the Dexcom G6. This G6 continuous glucose monitoring system is similar to the G5 but comes with lots of additional features. These include factory calibration, a one-touch applicator, and a low-profile design.

Like the G5, the Dexcom G6 sensor is water resistant and easy to insert and wear. The G6 transmitter sends data every 5 minutes as well. The G6 also includes an acetaminophen blocking feature, designed especially for those who take acetaminophen frequently and don’t want to risk skewing their glucose readings.

Dexcom G6 System

The latest version in the Dexcom line is the Dexcom G6. This G6 continuous glucose monitoring system is similar to the G5 but comes with lots of additional features. These include factory calibration, a one-touch applicator, and a low-profile design.

Like the G5, the Dexcom G6 sensor is water resistant and easy to insert and wear. The G6 transmitter sends data every 5 minutes as well. The G6 also includes an acetaminophen blocking feature, designed especially for those who take acetaminophen frequently and don’t want to risk skewing their glucose readings.

There is also an Urgent Low Soon alert, which can alert patients in advance of a severe hypoglycemia event, allowing time to take action. This can be helpful for patients who don’t experience typical warning signs that such an event may be coming on. In addition to this alert, and with input from their healthcare professional, patients can customize their target range. This way, when glucose levels are above or below that range, the patient receives an alert.

The Dexcom G6 has even been cleared to use as part of an integrated continuous glucose monitoring system (iCGM). This means it can communicate with digital devices like automated insulin pumps. While many people will not need this feature as part of a diabetes management plan, the G6 is a robust tool that is compatible with a wide variety of devices.

FAQs

Medicare or commercial insurance may cover the cost of a Dexcom CGM system for diabetics whose insulin dosing regimen requires frequent adjustment. Your doctor will determine which continuous glucose monitoring system would work best for your individual diabetes care plan. Aeroflow will then coordinate between your doctor and your insurance provider to get your CGM device covered.
An app is not required to use the Dexcom G5 or Dexcom G6; it’s possible to rely solely on the included reader with touchscreen. However, many people like the convenience of reviewing real time glucose data on their smartphone, smart watch, or other iOS or Android device. The Dexcom G6 app is available on the Apple App Store as well as Google Play. Additional apps include the Dexcom Follow app, which allows you to share your glucose data with up to 10 other people, and Dexcom Clarity, which is a diabetes management app that allows you to view your data your way.

Only your doctor can determine the best CGM system for you based on your diabetes management plan and individual needs. Some people who live with diabetes may not want or need some of the advanced features included in a Dexcom G6, including glucose alerts or integration into automated insulin dosing (AID) systems. In this case, the FreeStyle Libre line by Abbott Diabetes Care may be a good option.