Hello world, welcome to another review of this amazing product of the Dexcom family and we shall be looking at how the latest Dexcom G6 CGM differs from our conventional blood glucose meters (BGMs) and some of the pros and cons of the Dexcom G6.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Versus Blood Glucose Monitoring (BGM).
Blood glucose meters (BGM) measure glucose level at a single moment in time and gives you only one number, while Dexcom CGM systems continually check glucose level throughout the day and night and can alert you if your glucose level go too high or low. The Dexcom CGM gives you the pattern of glucose level, where you were at a certain time and where you are at a specific time and even presently.
Dexcom CGM has the reputation to lower A1C and reduce hypoglycemic incidents.
BGMs need a fingerstick while CGMs place a sensor under the skin that connects to the transmitter. The Dexcom transmitter continually sends regular intervals of glucose readings to a receiver or compatible smart device.
Know your number to minimize guesswork. CGM prevents guesswork that comes with making diabetes decisions based solely on a number from a glucometer reading.
288 readings per day. BGMs are only capable of generating a single glucose reading, while CGMs use data gathered over the course of an entire day and night up to 288 readings per day.
When you know more, you relax more. BGM usually need deliberate action to get a reading, but real-time CGM systems work throughout the night even while you are asleep. This generates more data and gives you more information about your diabetic situation, hence relieving you from much stress.
Data Trend Analysis. Since CGM collects measurements 24/7, it provides you with dynamic real-information about the direction of glucose levels and rate of change. This level of proactivity is not possible with BGMs.
- FDA approved.
- No calibration required.
- No fingersticks required the best news ever.
- Single-button push insertion.
- Prevents interference from acetaminophen.
- Real-time alerts for highs and lows.
- The device sends data to the receiver, or phone app (apple watch).
- Trend graphs and trend arrows give more information about your glucose level.
- The “Always sounds” feature can produce alerts even when your phone is muted.
- Can lower your A1C and your hypoglycemic occurrence.
- Detects where your glucose level was about 3 hours ago and where it is also heading.
- The device can be used alongside insulin pump therapy, thus enabling users to monitor their glucose and insulin levels simultaneously.
- The sensor can be used for up to 10 days.
- Vibrate and auto alerts.
- The sensors and transmitters are very expensive.
- Re-using sensors can be sometimes difficult and stressful.
- You may need to register or have a dexcom account before using the product effectively.
- Customer services are not usually the best, especially when delay issues are concerned.
- Prescription is required.
- Sometimes produces wrong data which do not match with symptoms.
Get a more detailed review of your DEXCOM G6 Device here.