Dexcom G5 Mobile CGM app
Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System is comprised of a sensor worn on the body. A transmitter on this sensor and a smartphone app (or you can use the CGM receiver). Either choice of display will display your glucose trends in vivid colors. So you can easily see when it’s high, low or within range.
CGM shows you more about your blood glucose than a meter can. A blood test gives a number for a single point in time (like a snapshot photo,) CGM provides glucose information that is more like video and not only shows where your glucose is at present, it also indicates where it’s going (trending up or down), and how fast it’s getting there. The big news with Dexcom G5 Mobile is that it’s been passed for use without needing to do confirmatory blood tests (often referred to as fingersticks), for daily glucose management decisions (although at least two blood tests a day are required for calibration purposes). However, you are well advised that should your glucose alerts and readings not match your symptoms or expectations, you do an old-fashioned blood test especially before dosing up on insulin.
Via the app, Dexcom’s G5 can send alerts directly to your phone when you’re heading too high or too low (these can also be customized to appear as a text message, allowing for additional discretion and privacy). Through secure wireless connections it can also allow remote viewing of your glucose levels and data to other people compatible smart device (partner, parent, HCP). There’s also 24/7 support available online and by telephone if needed.
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