FDA Approves New Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor

FDA Approves New Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor

Dexcom, a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system company, announced Thursday that its G7 system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The G7 is suitable for people with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and approved for everyone from the age of 2 years.

The Dexcom G7 is a portable all-in-one that’s 60% smaller than the G6, which is one of CNET’s best continuous glucose meters. The G7 sensor only requires a 30-minute warm-up period compared to the G6’s two hours, and it includes a 12-hour grace period to swap out completed sensors. Dexcom also says the G7 app will be “redesigned and simplified” and will come with improved alarm settings.

Like the older version, the G7 doesn’t require finger sticks or scans, real-time glucose readings are sent every five minutes, and you can integrate it with other wearable technologies like the Apple Watch or Garmin.

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About one in 10 people in the US has diabetes (and one in five are unaware they have it, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body uses the sugar (glucose) we need for energy. Some people with diabetes use continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs) to track their blood sugar levels, like that from Dexcom, which connects a small patch that sticks to your skin to an app to help you keep track of your diabetes.

The G7 will be available in the US in early 2023. Dexcom says the price will vary based on coverage, but the company currently reimburses more than 97% of private insurance companies, Medicare nationwide, and Medicaid in 45 states.

Read more: Wearable sensors that track glucose, ketone, and alcohol levels are the future

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions about a medical condition or health goals.

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