Dexcom glucose app/using watch for monitor works pretty well!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by antnee, May 1, 2015.

  1. antnee, May 1, 2015
    Last edited: May 1, 2015

    antnee macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
    You have to install 2 apps because of FDA regulations but I like it. Definitely worth getting a watch for.

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  2. Ben_Dover macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2015
  3. macsplusmacs macrumors 6502

    Nov 23, 2014
    yah, i would love to hear how the basic setup works. the process.

    and how much better it is from the "normal" way.

    and the cost... family might have a need for it soon.

    thank you!
  4. irentamac macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2014
    Tempe, AZ
  5. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015
    You have to embed a sensor under the skin. That sensor is then attached to a Bluetooth lte receiver that will transmit data. Measurements are not done by the watch. The watch is just for you to use as a display to monitor glucose levels.
  6. antnee thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
    The watch for now at least talks to the phone that talks to the reciever that has Bluetooth. Out of pocket if you don't have insurance is about 1200/ 600 reciecer 600 transmitter. You then gave to buy sensors you gave to replace every two weeks. You have to install 2 watch apps to get the buzz notifications of a high or low blood sugar. Let me know if you have other questions!
  7. fanboy05 macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2011
    I agree op!
    I find it needs to refresh before the number is accurate sometimes but overall I am happy with it . And sometimes the screen times out before the numbers update but hopefully they will fix that.
    I set it to wake to last screen I was on so it comes up instead of the watch face.

    A1c on the 21st, so I am hoping to see a good drop as it is much easier to remember to check when it is right there.
    I hope in the future they will allow the app to have an option to be on all the time like I had with the pebble and NS. I don't like the auto off as I want to see what is going on !
    I am glad the FDA got this done so peope have fast access to their own data!
  8. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015
    The watch doesn't. It's an embedded sensor that does the reading.
  9. Ben_Dover macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2015
    Embedded sensor? Like surgically embedded or like a patch? Change every 2 weeks? I'm from Canada
  10. iggypod macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    This is very cool. My toddler wears a Medtronic CGM, I really wish they'd get on the apple watch bandwagon - seems like such a practical next step!

    So does it only show high and low trend alerts? Or does it also show the sensor readings, and if so, how often?

    Thanks for sharing!
  11. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    This is pretty cool and, clicking through the links, there's a video showing the insertion process. Ow?

    That embedded sensor... how long does its battery last?
  12. sodaftl, May 2, 2015
    Last edited: May 2, 2015

    sodaftl macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  13. rijc99, May 2, 2015
    Last edited: May 2, 2015

    rijc99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 27, 2015

    Sensor lasts 2 weeks. Transmitter battery about 6 months.

    Also, according to their website, this system will give you different readings than a standard glucose meter. They said to use it for watching trends and not to replace a traditional finger prick blood meter.
  14. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Okay, once the sensor's battery is exhausted, how do you get the dead sensor out?
  15. antnee thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2014
    Pull the sensor out :) it keeps notifying you until your sugar is in control low or high.
  16. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    Do most insurances cover this? I am very interested. How big is the transmitter?
  17. Buran macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    This photo (38mm watch worn on my right wrist) shows the Dexcom receiver. This is the unit that receives the signal from the transmitter unit attached to the subdermal sensor.

    The transmitter is paired to an iPhone using Bluetooth LE. The Dexcom Share app, installed on the phone, has a component (pictured here and in the original post up top) that can also display the current reading on the watch. There is a lag of about one to three seconds before the current reading appears.


    Some insurance may cover it. Call the member number on the back of your insurance card and talk with a rep, or ask your diabetes care provider. Dexcom CGMs are available for adults and pediatric applications.

    I love having the ability to check my glucose levels at any time and have since I got a CGM in 2013. I got the Share version of the receiver when the original receiver failed recently.
  18. sal23 macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2009
    so do you have the share or the follow app on the watch?

    on my phone i have both so i can receive notifications (the share app doesnt send alerts)
  19. Ben_Dover macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2015
    Could someone pls take a pic of the sensor before and after it is embedded. Thanks!

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