Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring

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Dexcom's president, Kevin Sayer, on what else can be gained

from CGM sensors. By Sue Marshall.

T

here has been more news

from the Dexcom camp.

As recently reported, the

on-body CGM device,

the G6, has achieved

a CE Mark for being worn on the upper

arm. Dexcom G6 CGM System has also

received the CE Mark for use during

pregnancy in the EU, and will be available

soon, starting with the United Kingdom

shortly (launch has been delayed by the

coronavirus pandemic).

Glucose levels are hard to manage in

pregnancy due to the increasing need for

and resistance to insulin. CGM is a means

of measuring glucose levels continuously

throughout the day and night and can

provide short-term insight into the

effectiveness of diabetes interventions.

With the Dexcom G6 CGM due to be

available for use during pregnancy,

pregnant women living with Type 1,

Type 2 or gestational diabetes can have

their CGM data readily available, which

can help make their diabetes easier to

manage leading to improved outcomes

for both mother and baby. Furthermore,

with the Dexcom G6 app, they can share

their glucose information with up to five

people who have the separate Dexcom

Follow App. This additional feature

enables family and loved ones to remotely

monitor patients for extra peace of mind.

It also provides ease of management

when pregnant and sharing health data

with HCPs.

Helen Murphy, MD, professor of

medicine at the University of East Anglia

in Norwich comments, "Women with Type

1 or Type 2 in pregnancy or those with

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gestational diabetes usually require six

or more blood tests per day. These are

required during the night, before meals,

as well as after eating meals and snacks.

Dexcom CGM eliminates the need for

finger-prick blood tests and provides

patients with regular updates. This allows

them to manage their glucose levels with

confidence during pregnancy and helps

them to deliver healthy babies."

Beyond glucose

Specific goals, such as gaining a CE

Mark for use during pregnancy, have

been achieved based on-long term

planning and strategy by Dexcom.

Moving forward, part of the push will

be to inform users and caregivers that

continuous monitoring is not just about

sensors, it extends into telehealth, the

latest incarnation of telemedicine (or

even advice on a phone call).

As data moves from your CGM sensor

to an app on your mobile phone, it then goes

up to servers where it can be accessed by

GPs and other HCPs who can then offer

advice on your 'real time' data. They can do

that from the office, or wherever else they

may be based (marvelous in these unusual

times). Data is also shareable via Dexcom's

CLARITY app.

Speaking to Dexcom's President and

CEO, Kevin Sayer, he explains, "When we

started, we decided on some pillars to

build the company on. Many have proven

to be good choices. One of them was that

we would actively pursue connectivity.

Dexcom was the first CGM to connect to

a mobile device, and the first to get FDA

approval - in fact we have had a series of

firsts with the FDA. It is true however that

we were perhaps a little too idealistic. This

is back in 2015 and there was a learning

curve. People do drop phones, phones

run out of juice, a phone's performance

can be impaired by cold and heat, and

continued over

The current Dexcom G6 sensor (left) and a

prototype for the G7 (right), due out in 2021.

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