She recently joined our Dexcom G6 family! Here, we spoke to AMSL Diabetes All-Star, Natalie, about her overall experience with Dexcom G6 and what advice she would give to others looking into Dexcom G6 CGM.
Q. Can you tell us about your experience getting started with Dexcom G6?
I went through the NDIS to fund my Dexcom G6 system so once that was all organised, the process of getting started on the system was very easy. I wanted to use Dexcom G6 as I really loved the idea of not doing as many fingerpricks*. I have arthritis in my hands so pricking my finger can be quite painful. I also really liked the high and low alerts on Dexcom G6 – as I don’t always feel the symptoms of a hypo.
Q. How do the alerts and alarms assist with your diabetes management?
I don’t always wake up through the night when I’m going low, so being able to roll over at night and check my levels by pressing one button on my phone^ means that it is far easier to keep an eye on my levels overnight, without disturbing my much-needed sleep. Also being able to connect Dexcom G6 to my smart watch^ through the app on my smart phone has meant that my watch vibrates on my wrist and wakes me even if I’m in a deep sleep.
I remember the first night I was using Dexcom G6, the ‘Urgent Low Soon’ alert woke me in time to treat my dropping levels before I felt any effects. I was hooked on Dexcom G6 straight away!
Q. After using Dexcom G6 for some time, what do you think are the most useful features of Dexcom G6 now?
The low and high alerts are by far my favourite aspects of Dexcom G6. My health issues are made much worse by stress, so knowing my levels are being constantly monitored, I am able to reduce my stress levels. This has been a massive benefit!
Q. Other than overnight when sleeping, has Dexcom G6 impacted any other areas of your life?
Ultimately, knowing that Dexcom G6 is keeping a constant eye on my levels for me means that in every situation I can relax more and concentrate on enjoying my life.
Q. Why did you choose Dexcom G6 to support your diabetes management? And how would you sum up your experience with Dexcom G6 so far?
The team at AMSL Diabetes have bent over backwards in both the setting up, and ongoing support for me. The Dexcom G6 system itself is a game-changer, as for me, less fingerpricks means less stress, which is amazing.
Q. What advice would you give to people who are wanting to try Dexcom G6?
I think it’s definitely worth trialling this CGM system. It has made a massive difference to my quality of life.
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*Dexcom G6 requires zero fingerpricks, however 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
^To view a list of compatible smart devices, visit dexcom.com/en-AU/compatibility
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“Ultimately, knowing that Dexcom G6 is keeping a constant eye on my levels for me means that in every situation I can relax more and concentrate on enjoying my life.”
Sam believes that T1D doesn’t need to hold you back from accomplishing your dreams. In 2007, Sam debuted in professional AFL for the Western Bulldogs, and since then has gone from competing on the field to fatherhood. In 2020, Sam upgraded from Dexcom G5 Mobile to Dexcom G6 to monitor and manage his diabetes.
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