Dexcom, a global leader in real time continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, is releasing the Dexcom G6 mobile app in Spanish, available immediately for users with a compatible iOS (v1.10.1) or Android (v1.10.0) smart device.
Diabetes disproportionately impacts Latinos, and as of 2022, it is estimated that 11.8% of U.S. Latino adults have diagnosed diabetes. Furthermore, the CDC estimates that U.S. Latino adults have more than a 50% chance of developing Type 2 diabetes, with a greater risk of complication, the company noted.
“With a myriad of studies that point to language barriers in health care leading to miscommunication between patients and healthcare providers, and a decrease in quality of care and patient safety, it’s important to provide access to diabetes information in a patient’s preferred language to improve health outcomes,” said Ana-Mari Calleja Carr, district business manager at Dexcom representing the South Florida region. “Launching the Dexcom G6 app in Spanish is a positive step toward improving health equity for individuals with diabetes who primarily speak Spanish.”
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To access the Dexcom G6 mobile app in Spanish, users need to install the latest version of the app and set their compatible iOS or Android smartphone language to Spanish (any dialect/region). The app will automatically display in Spanish as long as the phone language is set to Spanish.
“Being able to offer this powerful CGM technology to my Spanish-speaking patients in their preferred language can help them better understand their diabetes and be more proactive about managing their health,” said Rocio Harbison, an endocrinologist who treats a large Spanish-speaking population. “CGM technology is one of the most powerful tools available for managing diabetes and this new development from Dexcom will help improve access for Spanish-speaking people who often have to navigate their health with limited Spanish-language tools.”
Dexcom G6 uses a small wearable sensor and transmitter to continuously measure and send glucose levels wirelessly to a compatible smart device or receiver, giving patients real-time glucose data without the need to prick their finger. The system also offers customizable alerts and alarms to help avoid potentially dangerous low and high blood sugar events.
“It’s great to see that Dexcom invested in developing a Spanish-language app for patients,” said Siena Ruelas, a professional soccer player and Dexcom Warrior who has Type 1 diabetes. “This offering will help remove a significant barrier to accessing important glucose information and improve one’s ability to make critical health decisions.”
The Dexcom Follow app is not immediately available in Spanish, but the functionality will be added in a future product update, the company said.