Accuracy of the dexcom G6 glucose sensor during aerobic, resistance, and interval exercise in adults with type 1 diabetes

Florian H. Guillot, Peter G. Jacobs, Leah M. Wilson, Joseph El Youssef, Virginia B. Gabo, Deborah L. Branigan, Nichole S. Tyler, Katrina Ramsey, Michael C. Riddell, Jessica R. Castle

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The accuracy of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensors may be significantly impacted by exercise. We evaluated the impact of three different types of exercise on the accuracy of the Dexcom G6 sensor. Twenty-four adults with type 1 diabetes on multiple daily injections wore a G6 sensor. Participants were randomized to aerobic, resistance, or high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise. Each participant completed two in-clinic 30-min exercise sessions. The sensors were applied on average 5.3 days prior to the in-clinic visits (range 0.6-9.9). Capillary blood glucose (CBG) measurements with a Contour Next meter were performed before and after exercise as well as every 10 min during exercise. NoCGMcalibrations were performed. The median absolute relative difference (MARD) and median relative difierence (MRD) of the CGM as compared with the reference CBG did not differ significantly from the start of exercise to the end exercise across all exercise types (ranges for aerobic MARD: 8.9 to 13.9% and MRD:-6.4 to 0.5%, resistance MARD: 7.7 to 14.5% and MRD:-8.3 to-2.9%, HIIT MARD: 12.1 to 16.8% and MRD:-14.3 to-9.1%). The accuracy of the no-calibration Dexcom G6 CGM was not significantly impacted by aerobic, resistance, or HIIT exercise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number10100138
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Aerobic exercise
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Exercise
  • Glucose sensor accuracy
  • High intensity interval training
  • Resistance exercise
  • Type 1 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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