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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Fitbit and Dexcom!

Scott Benner

Fitbit and Dexcom to Develop Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Experience for People Living with Diabetes

press release

SAN FRANCISCO & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitbit (NYSE:FIT), the leading global wearables brand, and DexCom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), the leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for people with diabetes, today announced a collaboration to develop and market products to help people better manage their diabetes and get a more complete picture of their overall health with easy-to-use mobile tools.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170907005577/en/

The first planned initiative is to bring Dexcom CGM data to Fitbit's new smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic. Through this experience, Dexcom CGM users on either Android or iOS devices would be able to see both activity and glucose levels, right on their wrist.

"The strength of our brand and our ability to track critical health metrics continuously for up to 4+ days1, coupled with Dexcom's market leadership in CGM, present a powerful combination that we hope will help millions of people better manage their diabetes," said James Park, CEO of Fitbit. "With Ionic, we are focused on driving positive health outcomes and more health focused tools, and this collaboration is a wonderful example of how we plan to bring that vision to our users."

Dexcom CGM Display on Fitbit Ionic will provide data for those living with diabetes

The World Health Organization estimates2 that more than 400 million people around the world are living with diabetes. For those individuals being able to see both physical activity and glucose can be a vital tool for effectively managing their diabetes.

"The collaboration between Dexcom and Fitbit is an important step in providing useful information to people with diabetes that is both convenient and discreet," said Kevin Sayer, President and CEO, Dexcom. "We believe that providing Dexcom CGM data on Fitbit Ionic, and making that experience available to users of both Android and iOS devices, will have a positive impact on the way people manage their diabetes."

A health and fitness first platform, Ionic offers a highly personalized experience not previously seen in other smartwatches. Ionic features a relative SpO2 sensor, industry-leading GPS tracking, on-device dynamic workouts, improved heart rate tracking, and water resistance up to 50 meters. Plus, smart features like contactless payments, on-board music, smart notifications, and a variety of popular apps and clock faces available in the Fitbit App Gallery. Ionic also has all the core features from Fitbit like 4+ day battery life, automatic activity and sleep tracking, and cross-platform compatibility.

In addition to the Dexcom CGM display for Fitbit Ionic, with Fitbit's in-app Community, Dexcom CGM users will now be able to connect with millions of people, where they can ask questions, seek support and share successes in managing their health.

The companies are targeting availability as soon as possible in 2018 and will continue to explore opportunities to work together to develop tools and resources aimed at helping people better manage their diabetes.


Dexcom is a sponsor of the Juicebox Podcast. You can use this link to find out more about our favorite continuous glucose monitoring system. 

Decision Moves Continuous Glucose Monitors One Step Closer to Medicare Coverage

Scott Benner

great news from JDRF.org !!

January 12, 2017

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices approved by the FDA for use in making diabetes treatment decisions are durable medical equipment, according to a decision today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That determination removed a major roadblock to the devices’ coverage under Medicare. Today’s decisions mean that CGMs approved by the FDA for use in making diabetes treatment decisions are eligible for reimbursement under Medicare.

Today’s decision creates a pathway for Medicare coverage for the devices that will bring the nation’s largest insurer in line with the vast majority of the country’s private payers. Although the significant benefits of CGM use have been known since 2008, CMS had previously refused to consider covering the devices under Medicare, saying they did not meet the statutory definitions of durable medical equipment or any other category the agency could cover. Today’s decision removes that impediment.

“JDRF is encouraged by this decision, which will bring us closer to Medicare coverage for continuous glucose monitors,” said Aaron J. Kowalski, PhD, JDRF’s Chief Mission Officer. “I want to thank the tireless JDRF advocates and Congressional champions who have made this progress possible.”

the entire press release can be found here on the JDRF website


World Diabetes Day in NYC with Dexcom

Scott Benner

Arden is a Dexcom Warrior... 

Arden had the opportunity to join Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer on World Diabetes Day as he opened the trading day by ringing the NASDAQ bell - it was a great time! I brought you back some pictures and video.

Dexcom covered our lodging, gas, parking and one meal (that meal came with a cookbook). We paid for everything else (and it's New York City). They did not ask me to post about the day, but I'm assuming that they knew I would - because, ya know - it was a fantastic day for diabetes awareness!!!


Breaking Dexcom News from the 76th Scientific Sessions

Scott Benner

Do You Wish That You Could Be In New Orleans This Weekend For The 76th American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions?


well, thanks to the juicebox podcast you kinda can be...

Dexcom is presenting information at the event on a number of topics and I have some of the more interesting stuff available right now for you to hear. Dexcom's Director of Clinical Projects tells us about two topics that I think hold a lot of power over how we manage our blood sugar. It's a short interview but well worth your time today.

I don't have a dixieland band but I can offer your breaking diabetes tech news as it's happening.


Dexcom G5 Mobile App has been updated - iOS

Scott Benner

The Dexcom G5 Mobile App (the app that shares the information to the cloud) has been updated.

iOS users who are running the G5 App on their or their child's device will find an update waiting for them in the app store. Arden has been running it for a week and it's very stable for us. Dexcom Follow apps do not seem to have been recently updated

Click to Enlarge - Info from the Apple App Store

That's pretty much it. Update em' if ya got'em - App Store LINK