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The Peter Attia Drive

May 20, 2019

In this episode, Kevin Sayer, CEO of Dexcom, discusses the remarkable benefits of a continuous glucose monitor for the diabetes population. Peter shares his own invaluable insights he’s learned from wearing a CGM including the impact of sleep and stress on glucose as well as the unmatched power of a CGM to drive behavioral change. Kevin also reveals some of the exciting partnerships and future advancements of their products benefiting not only those with type 1 and 2 diabetes, but also for the growing community of people interested in optimizing health and wellness.

We discuss:

  • How they met, and Kevin’s path to becoming CEO of Dexcom [7:00];
  • How CGM technology works, and what makes Dexcom’s G6 the best model yet [15:15];
  • Challenges of working in the US healthcare system and getting CGM insured [21:45];
  • Developing an even smaller, more user-friendly, and less costly product while maintaining performance and accuracy [33:15];
  • Next thing on the horizon for type 1 diabetes patients [43:30];
  • The incredible accuracy of the G6, recommended over-the-counter glucose meters, and the unmatched power of CGM to drive behavioral change [48:15];
  • Software improvements for type 2 diabetics, and the remarkable benefits of real-time feedback for driving behavioral change [58:15];
  • Dexcom vs. the competitors, the less invasive options, and the fundamental problems needing to be solved with CGM technologies [1:07:00];
  • The cost of CGM, why you need a prescription, and when might there be a OTC option? [1:12:00];
  • Smartwatch integration, bluetooth technology, and exciting collaborations and partnerships [1:22:00];
  • Future places for CGM: Hospitals, nutrition apps, general health and wellness, and more [1:27:15];
  • Dexcom’s unique company culture [1:34:15];
  • Parenting advice from Kevin [1:37:30];
  • Lessons learned through failures and success [1:38:45]; and
  • More.

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