Dexcom G6!

I’ve been a juvenile diabetic since the age of six (diagnosed in 1994), and 25 years later, I started using the Dexcom G6 continual glucose monitor (CGM). Although I had been in good control of my health, I had a number of very scary low blood sugar, hypoglycemic incidents in recent years that led to my decision. I had been reluctant for many months to give it a try. I made excuses about the insurance costs, and made a fuss about the not so good times I’d been on a Dexcom 6 or 7 years ago, and the pain and problems I’d experienced with insulin pump sites in the 1990s and 2000s. Within a couple days, however, I was Dexcom’s newest advocate and loudest hype man. The device improved my control and management. Significantly. My A1C has been between 6.8-7.1 for several years (a very solid #), but I’d endured a lot of severe lows and highs along the way. The technology and information provided by the CGM allows diabetics to hone in on their disease management — when is you blood sugar dropping (or increasing) at an alarming rate? How quickly do carbs kick in and affect your blood sugar? (It’s clear that fast-acting insulin can take 30-45 minutes to take effect, and that carbs kick in almost immediately, but it differs person to person). How soon do you need to take insulin before eating? And how do you modify that amount based on your current blood glucose level? The Dexcom G6 provides you the opportunity to select a range, or parameter, for where exactly you want your blood glucose levels. I have my range calibrated between 90-190, which allows me to take necessary action — getting sugar or taking insulin — before a low or high blood sugar can take a drastic effect and ruin my day. The technology shows arrows (down, double down, straight, up and double up) depending on the direction of your glucose and at what rate. That data is a tremendous aid in calibrating how you feel, and what action, if any, you need to take before you leave the house, eat a meal, or carry on with whatever you might be doing. Now I when I wake up in the middle of the night, I’ll take a peak at my phone and see where my blood sugar is at. That greatly facilitates my management. I remember when I’d wake up feeling discomfort in the past, and the challenge of having to wake up, get out of bed, turn the lights on, and go through the hassle of checking my blood sugar. I’ve learned more about my body and its response to certain activities (basketball which is higher intensity, skateboarding, mid-level, and yoga which is lower), certain carbs (pizza, Indian food, beer or hard alcohol), and how to modify my insulin ratios based on that information. The Dexcom technology is incredible, the insertion process is seamless, and having the device on my body for weeks at a time was no problem at all! I’ve exercised at very intense levels and the sweat didn’t detach the adhesiveness, and even when I went swimming or took baths, I had no problems whatsoever. And one of the biggest indicators for me was the complete absence of these “ghost pains” that troubled me years ago with earlier Dexcom and insulin pump injection sites. I am 32-years-old and going on 27 years with type-one diabetes (T1D), and I have never been in better control of my diabetes or felt this healthy. I encourage you all to think more about getting on a Dexcom (or other CGM device), and please reach out by email or in the comments section to share any questions! It’s become such a part of management and daily routine, that I truly couldn’t see myself living without Dexcom.

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