My Overwhelming First Days with a Dexcom CGM

When it came to using the data the Dexcom CGM was giving me on my blood sugar levels, the first day was a self-induced roller coaster nightmare. What left me feeling so anxious wasn’t actually the number on the screen or the programmed alarms I’d been advised by three experienced, certified diabetes educators to set at 75 mg/dL and 140 mg/dL. Instead, it was the arrows. Read more

A Non-Invasive CGM Explained: Echo Therapeutics’ Symphony

Yesterday I had the chance to visit the Philadelphia headquarters of Echo Therapeutics, a small company working to develop a new non-invasive — that is, totally needle-free — continuous glucose monitoring system called the Symphony CGM.
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The Highs and Lows of the Continuous Glucose Monitor

In June 2012, I was lucky enough to receive a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor from my healthcare provider. It took a while for me to get acquainted with it, but now that I have almost a half-years’ worth of experience, … Read more

The CGM makes life easier, but it’s no cure

Two weeks into Sacha’s use of the Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, and the excitement is over. Yes, the CGM is great. No, it didn’t make his type 1 diabetes go away. I suppose it’s like every new toy that you … Read more

Comparing Dexcom G4 Platinum and Medtronic Minimed

I am able to wear the CGM places other than my abdomen, which I was terrified to even try with the Minimed. Thus far, I have worn the Dexcom on my lower back (worked all right, but sub-optimally; it was prone to getting knocked and jostled off) and my arm (works capitally). This ability to move the sensor around opens up my abdomen, which was getting bruised and scarred to the point of not being usable. Read more

Dexcom G4 Platinum – First Impressions

So, last week I came home to an exciting delivery from FedEx: my brand new Dexcom G4 Platinum  system! Unfortunately, my excitement was tempered by the fact that the system did not come with any sensors; those were shipped separately and … Read more

Dexcom G4 PLATINUM CGM: Conference Call for the DOC

Like many of you, I woke up Monday morning to the news that the FDA had approved Dexcom’s newest generation continuous glucose monitoring system, the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM system. For me, it was a moment of mixed emotion: jubilation at … Read more

New Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Approved by FDA

The U.S. FDA has approved Dexcom’s new continuous glucose monitoring system, the Dexcom G4™ PLATINUM.
According to clinical trials the new Dexcom G4 PLATINUM has much improved accuracy with up to approximately 19 percent improvement in overall accuracy for the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM compared to the Seven Plus, and approximately a 30 percent improvement in accuracy in the hypoglycemia range. The overall accuracy and ease of use for the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM sets a new standard for commercially available CGMs, making the Dexcom G4 PLATINUM the most-advanced CGM system available.
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Positive Results for Echo Therapeutics’ Transdermal Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

Echo Therapeutics announced positive results from its clinical trial of the Symphony tCGM System, a non-invasive, wireless, transdermal continuous glucose monitoring system, in major general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery patients. This study is the second of two studies in critically ill patients.
Data from this study demonstrate that Symphony successfully and continuously monitored glucose levels in the intensive care unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read more

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