February 13, 2014

Dog in the Race of CGM Approvals


dog-in-the-raceNothing makes me happier when I see that my dog in the race is winning. Recent FDA approval green lights the use of Dexcom Platinum G4 CGM for younger people, ages 2 to 17 years old.

Call it obsessive. Call it compulsive. But the gift of knowing where your blood sugar is heading before it gets there, is priceless. Through the school of hard knocks, I’ve learned that planning is essential in fluidity of life with diabetes. Dexcom is the device that forecasts the currents in the ocean of diabetes.

A brief introduction to describe this fortune telling device is quite simple. It’s a little microchip that you wear on your person, preferably in your abdomen. ┬áIt doesn’t deliver fluid, like an insulin pump, so it shouldn’t stimulate the development of scar tissue.

The brains of this little microchip reads-out on a device every 5 minutes. The number readout is a shadow of glucose levels. The importance of this number is the picture it creates on a trend graph. The graph will tell you where your bG was, is, and will go in the next few minutes. Priceless!

Albeit a gift to diabetes control, the Dexcom Platinum G4 does not trump blood glucose testing. The CGM and bG meter are designed to be used together. The accuracy of the CGM is only as good as your calibration, every 12 hours.

At the risk of making this sound like a gratuitous plug…it is. Speak with your doctor to get a Dexcom Platinum G4 CGM for the safety, security, and control above and beyond what you may already have with your diabetes routine. Now, thanks to FDA approval, your kids can have this for their diabetes control, too.

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  • Dog in the race? Although a user of CGM since it was first sold to the public, I have read that DOGS (specially trained) are much more sensitive and accurate at detecting low blood sugar then any of the commercially available CGM systems. What the dog doesn’t do is produce any type of chart, graph, or report for your doctor (CGMs do this). Instead the typical dog requires walks/exercise with the diabetic owner, food and water, instead the CGM requires a charge or new battery. Be aware that no insurance covers the cost of a dog, and prices for a trained working hypo-glycemic aware dog are $18,000-$36,000 USD.