Dexcom continuous glucose monitor.

By Richknowbody Latest Reply 2011-09-07 15:36:10 -0500
Started 2011-09-02 09:10:34 -0500

Loving this blood sugar monitor. It tests once every 5 minutes and you can see a 3 hour graph, that is the default.
It has 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 graphs.
But you really see where you need to make adjustments.

My blood sugars are wonderfully in control when I am asleep.
but from break fast until maybe 8:00 at night it has major spikes.
So, because I see it on graphs I see I just need to eat more often little meals.
I have always had a big lunch and dinner, but now I see I need to split them up into smaller meals and snacks.

7 replies

Armourer 2011-09-06 20:13:08 -0500 Report

I talked to a rep of the company a couple weeks ago. I think this is a great meter and takes away the need to do blood tests. When asked what my insurance was I was told it is the only health insurance in the state that wouldn't pay for it. Cost is $1000 for the meter and $70 a week for the blood sensor. Great idea, oh well!

Richknowbody 2011-09-06 22:27:31 -0500 Report

You do have to do two calibration finger tests a day. But I already do plenty of finger tests because I am on the pump.
I keep adjusting my insulin use because of the Dexcom. The pairing of the pump and the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor is really giving me good control.
One thing I have learned with the Dexcom, is that I am eating meals that are too large and I need to eat more often and smaller meals.
I am actually losing weight this way.
A nice thing about the pump is I can make very tiny adjustments. I can do ten corrective bolus insulin shots in a day, and I have not used ten needles. Well, I think soon, they will have a mechanical computerized pancreas for us to use.

kdroberts 2011-09-06 21:56:13 -0500 Report

It may take away the blood tests slightly but you still need to do them to calibrate. CGM systems do not test blood sugar so you have to calibrate them with what a blood sugar meter says so they can display a blood sugar equivalent. They are mainly very good for people who go low at night and people who can't feel it when they go dangerously low. Other people can get some good information from them but it depends on what you are looking to get from the system. They are expensive, not consistently accurate and do have their problems. I think this is highlighted by Abbott (the people who make the freestyle glucose meters) discontinuing their Navigator CGM system a couple of weeks ago. That only leaves 2 companies making them, minimed and dexcom.

realsis77 2011-09-02 09:28:35 -0500 Report

Wow that sounds wonderful! I also hope it becomes more affordable and I'll certainly get one! Right now I'm on a tight budget! But like you said, perhaps the price will fall in the future? :)

Richknowbody 2011-09-02 09:11:45 -0500 Report

I really hope, it becomes inexpensive so everybody can have one.
I know the one touch and other brands were expensive at one time.

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