Because DexCom has never been Mac compatible (which is lame considering that they are working on sending data directly to an iPhone), we began using Diasend to upload and view our DexCom data. Diasend is free to use and gives me some basic reports.
(See the post I can finally upload our CGM to our Mac…and the angels sang!)
With no fanfare, DexCom finally added support for Mac users in the form of DexCom Portrait. It would have been nice had they let us know, right? It’s a little limited in that you can only choose 7, 14, or 30 days (i.e., no custom time periods) and there are only two glucose ranges to choose from (70-180 mg/dL or 90-130 mg/dL) which may be too restrictive for the blood sugars that many pediatric endos consider “in range” for children.
The only report available is the trend graph. I like seeing the box plot/modal graph available on Diasend.
What I do like is the “Pattern Insight Summary” that gives “Some Possible Considerations.” (See image above.)
For instance, looking at our 7-day graph it gave us the following pattern: “Most significant pattern of high found between 05:25 AM and 06:05 AM.” And one of the considerations it suggested was: “High bedtime glucose range; fear of overnight hypo.”
You can save the reports as a PDF or you can e-mail them.
I hear that DexCom Studio (for Windows users) has a lot more information and options than Portrait.
I like that Diasend gives me the box plot/modal graph and lets me choose custom time periods, but I might like the pattern summary offered by Portrait. Why is it that there is never something that gives us 100% of what we need?!
Read about DexCom Portrait on the DexCom website.
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Hat tip to Stacey from The Girl with the Portable Pancreas for showing me DexCom Portrait
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Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.
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