I was privileged to attend the launch of the dexcom G5 which is a first and a world leader in terms of continuous monitoring. I so value companies that will only put out a product of excellence and quality. The MARD of the G5 is 9% what this means in layman terms is that it is the most accurate sensor on the market worldwide. MARD is a way to measure accuracy. For interest sake the MARD of the glucometers at large is around this mark and slightly lower. However some other continuous monitoring can go up to 15% or higher. The value of continuous monitoring is in its accuracy.
Why would you use a continuous monitor that is not as accurate as possible?
Most patients “react” to the number on the screen, however only the G5 has registration to “allow” patients to do this, without checking with a finger prick. In other words the number on the screen in context of the graph on the screen as well as the arrows going up down or staying constant allow you as a patient to “do” something before you are very low or very high – allow you so to speak to “stay in range”.
Prelimary studies show that the combination of either MDI (multiple daily injections) or CSI (continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion) with continuous monitoring (accurate) gets patients to a better A1c than without continuous monitoring. The point is that the number in context of your life and where you have come from and are headed to allow you to make decisions that previously were made in an almost russian roulette fashion.
Knowledge is power and technology can change lives. Living with type 1 diabetes is no joke and having your organs damaged by high sugars is a real danger. This tool not only gives you your life back but prevents end organ damage in a big way.
Thanks Dexcom for your dedication to excellence, to accuracy and to most of all to changing the lives of our diabetic community at large.
Knowing your number in context is not only educational but life and quality of life saving.