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Garmin & Dexcom bring glucose monitoring to a wider audience

Garmin has announced expansion of Dexcom Connect IQ apps’ availability for its watches to a wider global audience.

This offers individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes using Dexcom G6 or Dexcom G7 Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems a convenient way to monitor their glucose levels and trends on compatible Garmin smartwatches or cycling computers. The apps are available for download from the Connect IQ™ store.

Diabetes results in elevated blood sugar levels in individuals. In the United States, it is estimated that over 34 million people, or more than 10% of the population, suffer from this condition. Alarmingly, nearly 27 million of these cases remain undiagnosed. The occurrence of diabetes is particularly high among senior citizens. As stated by the CDC, diabetes ranks among the top causes of death in the country. On a global scale, the condition is believed to impact over 400 million individuals.

An alternative way to monitor glucose levels: Garmin Dexon solution

Developed by Garmin, the Dexcom Connect IQ apps provide a user-friendly experience for people with diabetes, allowing them to monitor their glucose numbers at any time, whether during daily activities or workouts. Dexom had received approval from the FDA in 2021 to expand the connectivity and interoperability of its digital system to third-party developers. The Garmin software is now being made available in more regions.

For everyday use, the Dexcom Connect IQ app is compatible with a variety of Garmin smartwatches. With their smartphone tucked away, users can keep track of glucose levels and trends, gaining a better understanding of their numbers’ direction and accessing a 3-hour history of glucose levels for reference.

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When engaging in physical activities such as running, cycling, or other adventures, the Dexcom Connect IQ data field offers a secondary view of both glucose levels and performance statistics in one location, allowing users to concentrate on their workouts. Compatible smartwatches or Edge cycling computers enable users to monitor glucose levels, trends, and performance data on their Garmin device.

Garmin glucose

This is only a stepping stone

As part of the ongoing innovation in glucose monitoring technology, researchers are working on developing a standalone smartwatch feature that will allow anyone to track glucose levels from their wrist without any additional accessories. This sensor technology will probably not be available for at least a few more years. But when it lands it will make glucose management more accessible and convenient for millions of people worldwide.

Integrating glucose monitoring with smartwatches offers convenience for individuals with diabetes, as they can access glucose data directly from their wrist. Real-time information enables timely decisions about diet, exercise, and medication, while the smartwatch serves as a reminder to maintain a healthy lifestyle and adhere to diabetes management plans.

For people without diabetes, glucose monitoring can still provide valuable insights into their overall health and well-being. Understanding how their blood sugar levels respond to various factors, such as diet and exercise, can help them make informed choices about their lifestyle, ultimately promoting healthier habits and potentially preventing the development of future health issues.

For more information on the Dexcom Connect IQ apps, visit You can view the full list of compatible devices on this link.

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

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