This CGM system is similar to the Dexcom G5 but comes with lots of additional features. These include factory calibration, a one-touch applicator, and a low-profile design.
The Dexcom G6 sensor is water-resistant and easy to insert and wear. The G6 transmitter sends data every 5 minutes as well. The G6 also includes an acetaminophen blocking feature, designed especially for those who take acetaminophen frequently and don't want to risk skewing their glucose readings.
There is also an Urgent Low Soon alert, which can alert patients in advance of a severe hypoglycemia event, allowing time to take action. This can be helpful for patients who don't experience typical warning signs that such an event may be coming on. In addition to this alert, and with input from their healthcare professional, patients can customize their target range. This way, when glucose levels are above or below that range, the patient receives an alert.
The Dexcom G6 has even been cleared to use as part of an integrated continuous glucose monitoring system (iCGM). This means it can communicate with digital devices like automated insulin pumps. While many people will not need this feature as part of a diabetes management plan, the G6 is a robust tool that is compatible with a wide variety of devices.