Diabetes Devices Up Close: Dexcom G6 Edition

Diabetes Devices Up Close: Dexcom G6 Edition

June 16, 2022

*Disclaimer: All content and information in this blog is for informational and educational purposes only.


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While glucose meters are a helpful tool in diabetes management, a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) can provide people with diabetes a better picture of their blood glucose trends throughout the day. CGMs provide blood sugar data throughout the entire day and night which can help detect trends and patterns to improve diabetes management. These devices can help with diabetes management by lowering A1C and increasing timing in range. One of the most advanced systems available is the Dexcom G6. The Dexcom G6 device is accurate enough that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the device can replace regular fingersticks. In this blog, we are going to take a closer look at the Dexcom G6 system

What is Dexcom G6?

Dexcom G6 is a continuous glucose monitor that continually checks glucose levels throughout the day and night and will send alerts if your levels go too high or too low. Readings are sent to a receiver device every 5 minutes allowing users to see where their numbers are headed in real time.

How does it work?

Every 10 days users will use a one-touch applicator to insert a small sensor just beneath the skin and attach the transmitter. Once inserted, there is a 2 hour warm up period until the transmitter will start to send data wirelessly to the receiver or compatible smart device. You can use a product guide to walk you through how to insert the device and utilize additional software. 

What are the benefits of the dexcom g6?

  • Sensors wear for 10 days
  • Pain-free and easy insertion
  • CGM displays results on smartphone or receiver device
  • Customization for notification levels and sound for alerts when blood sugar is trending high or low
  • Data-sharing with friends, family, and healthcare providers
  • Auto-generated reports to review blood sugar trends and patterns
  • Water-resistant wearable device



How much does dexcom cost?

Dexcom G6 may be covered by private insurers in the United States, but coverage and benefits will vary by plan. Dexcom G6 can be covered under either pharmacy or durable medical equipment benefits- so make sure you check your insurance coverage for both. The average costs per year without insurance include:

  • $300 per transmitter (each lasts about 3 months)= $1,200 per year
  • $400 per sensor (each sensor lasts about 10 days)= $4,800 per year
  • Estimated Yearly Total: $6,000 per year or $500 per month.

Are there any discounts or patient assistant programs for Dexcom?

Dexcom receivers, transmitters, and sensors are sold at discounted prices at Costco pharmacies for members. The discount prices may vary amongst locations, but have an average savings of $50-100+ on sensors and transmitters. Costco prices are available for self-pay customers only.

Dexcom offers a patient assistance program for US residents at or below the poverty live. You can find out your eligibility here.

How can you get a dexcom g6?

The Dexcom G6 device can be obtained out of pocket or through insurance as long as you have a prescription from your healthcare provider.


How can you make the adhesion stay on longer?

Skin Grip is proud to offer patches that are compatible with devices such as Dexcom G6 to help you manage your diabetes. Skin Grip Dexcom G6 patches are irritation-free, sweatproof, breathable, and flexible so you never have to worry about your device falling off and continue to live fearlessly with diabetes. Check out Dexcom G6 patches here

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