The Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is awesome! It allows you to check your iPhone for what is effectively your blood sugar every 5 minutes. It provides the most accurate (for me) readings of any other CGM.
There are other benefits as well. Dexcom Clarity is a reporting and trending analysis tool that provides insights into whether or not I am at risk for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as well as whether or not I tend to have higher blood sugars overnight. Overall, this is a great tool.
While these trends work for everyone, I would like to get a better idea of what my basal rate* is along side the trend to ensure that my baseline is appropriate given my day-to-day activities. I’m fortunate that Dexcom has a developer portal, enabling technical folks (like myself) to create apps that are ‘built-for-purpose’. In my case, I’ve started researching visual technologies to combine my basal rate with the Dexcom data! The codename for this project is: dexaBasal. Stay tuned for updates as I progress in creating this app!
* — Basal rate details