This isn’t very exciting news for those of us fortunate enough to have our CGM covered by insurance. However, its pretty significant news for those who have to self-fund.
I had originally been told by Dexcom that the G5 transmitter would automatically shut off at 3months. The rep explained that at the 3-month period, I would get a notification stating I was on my last sensor (it wouldn’t just shut off without any notice) and then it would automatically stop.
THAT WAS NOT TRUE
12/24 was the 3-month date from the start of my first G5 transmitter. I didn’t receive a notification. However, it read “Your transmitter battery is low. The transmitter will stop working in about three weeks. Check your email inbox for more details.”
So far nothing in my inbox, but either way it’s good knowing the G5 system works similar to the G4 in allowing you to operate it past the recommended time window.
I am still debating if I want to test the battery’s lifespan. Currently, I plan to but that may change depending on my schedule in the upcoming months. I’m very fortunate that the system is covered by my insurance, but you never know when that could change.
Bottom line: the Dexcom G5 system can be run longer than the 3month recommended lifespan if needed.