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Pros & Cons of the Dexcom G6 Continuous Glucose Monitor

dexcom G6 cgm review

  • Unique Advantages: Pros

    • No calibration needed
    • Calibration available to improve accuracy
    • Approved Sensor life 10 days
    • Customizable alerts for different times and days
    • Single button push insertion
    • Vibrate & audio alerts
    • Interoperability to Tandem X2 pump
    • Sends data to phone app (and apple watch), receiver, or pump.
    • Real time alerts for high, low, rate of change, predictive urgent low
    • “Always sound” feature can sound alerts when phone is on silent.
    • Not impacted by acetaminophen use
    • Real-time sharable data
    • Approved for children over 2
    • Medicare approved
    • Clarity companion app automatically uploads data, generates reports
  • Potential Drawbacks: CONS

    • Transmitter must be replaced every 3 months 
    • Lots of medical waste with sensor inserters
    • Occasional delays receiving product orders and technical support
    • Re-use of sensors involves a difficult process
    • Costly sensors and transmitters