March 6, 2023
Garmin Ambassador and Dexcom Warrior Tiana Cooks pairs a Dexcom G6 with a Garmin Venu 2S to closely monitor blood sugar levels during workouts.
For diabetics, being able to quickly view blood glucose levels is not only convenient, but very important.
Garmin Ambassador Tiana Cooks, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2014, said: (CGM) and pairing Dexcom App on her Garmin smartwatch1 So that you can monitor your level with a quick glance at your wrist. The integration will make difficult days easier, Cooks says, but don’t take our word for it.Below, Cooks sees how her Garmin smartwatch and glucose monitor paired her life. It answers some questions about how things have changed.
Which Garmin smartwatch do you own? What is your favorite feature?
I have a Venu® 2S! i love this watchBattery life, heart rate monitoring2 and Body Battery™ energy monitoring are some of my favorite features. He’s glad he has one less item to worry about because he’s constantly charging his insulin pump, cell phone, and other devices. You can sleep with the watch on without having to take it off to charge.
What does it mean to be able to check your blood sugar with a glance at your wrist? What was the process like to check them before?
Living with diabetes means that you need to know where your blood sugar is on a daily basis. This means that in order to feel and live like your best self, you need to keep your blood sugar within a certain range. is. When I was first diagnosed, I pricked my finger seven to nine times a day to test my blood sugar.now i Dexcom G6, you can monitor your blood sugar without pricking your finger. Dexcom G6 is a continuous glucose monitor. Sends measurements to your phone and watch using BLUETOOTH®. Whenever I need to check my glucose, it’s as easy as looking down at my wrist. Access to technology is never taken for granted.
Do you monitor your blood sugar closely while you’re active? What other metrics do you want to keep an eye on?
During activity, we find our blood sugar levels to be the most unpredictable and rapidly changing. In order to exercise, I need to pay attention to how many carbs I take in, how much insulin I take, and the intensity of my training. The watch lets you see how much energy you’re expending during your activity. This helps predict where your blood sugar will go.
3 Why is it important to be able to see the trend direction of your blood glucose, not just the hourly history?
Being able to see trends and directions in your blood sugar allows you to laugh, explore, and stay active without stopping or treating your blood sugar until it’s too late. Correcting my blood sugar levels before my body started to get worse helped me relieve a lot of stress and gave me a lot of freedom.
Can you talk about marathon training and diabetes? How has the integration of watches and Dexcom impacted your training?
Training for a marathon is hard. Training for a diabetic marathon is even harder. My body tends to be low on glucose because it burns it when I’m active. Dexcom and Garmin integration allows you to monitor and consume carbs as needed without having to interrupt your workout to see your numbers. There are days when diabetes becomes difficult and giving up seems like the best option, but integration makes those difficult days easier.
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