Dexcom G5 is a new glucose monitoring system. It consists of a sensor, transmitter, and mobile app. You can view glucose levels on a smartphone or Dexcom mobile receiver. A small, needle-shaped sensor is placed under the skin in the abdomen to measure glucose levels. Users can monitor their glucose levels anytime. The system notifies users as well. If glucose levels are too high or too low, a notification is sent to the mobile app. Users can take the necessary steps to control sugar levels. It works for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
According to Fox News, up to 288 readings are taken every day, and the sensor lasts a week.
A prescription is required for the Dexcom G5 monitoring system.
The FDA approved Dexcom G5 without the finger-prick requirement. However, Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)-based treatments require fingersticks for calibration; it may result in hypoglycemia if calibration is not performed.
Benefits of Continuous Monitoring
There’s a cloud-based reporting system called Dexcom CLARITY that stores all your glucose information. You can access it on any web-based device. The biggest advantage of CLARITY is that you can evaluate your glucose levels over time. See how it has improved over weeks or months. You can compare periods of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia with daily routines to determine what causes it. Lifestyle choices can affect glucose levels. Changing your daily lifestyle may prevent abnormal glucose levels.