In November, Dexcom set up a "coffee and bagels" food truck in L.A. and Seattle but asked for a painful payment - a fingerprick. The video documenting this experiment, embedded on nomorefingerpricks.com, is a great resource for people thinking about CGM (continuous glucose monitoring)...and for anyone trying to wrap their head around the fact that countless people with diabetes prick their finger 3,000 times each year. (Try to imagine!)
34% of people with T1D know nothing or little about CGM
80% of people with T1D still prick their fingers more than 3 times a day
96% of CGM users would recommend CGM
Some of the most appealing benefits of CGM include:
Alerts and alarms to proactively warn of dangerous highs and lows
Continuous glucose readings sent automatically
No fingerpricks for calibration or treatment decisions*
*From Dexcom - If your glucose alerts and readings from the G6 do not match symptoms or expectations, use a blood glucose meter to make diabetes treatment decisions.
We have also learned from our customer community and partners that many people no longer perform fingersticks at all due to the accuracy of the Dexcom G6 system. Most commercial insurances and Medicare cover CGM. Ask Healthy Living to help you get started!