SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Dexcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), a provider of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with Type 1 Diabetes, announced that it has teamed up with professional soccer player Jordan Morris of Seattle Sounders FC, who will share his personal story about living with the disease and how CGM has helped him manage it. In teaming up with Dexcom, Morris—who was named Major League Soccer's 2016 AT&T Rookie of the Year and recently chosen to lead the Major League Soccer team at the Chipotle Homegrown Game during this year's All-Star week—hopes to empower and educate others living with Type 1 Diabetes to take control of their disease through proper glucose management.
Education on diabetes management is crucial for the approximately 29.1 million Americans living with the disease, including 1.25 million diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. 1 The growth in use of CGM systems, like the Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM System, has helped diabetes patients better understand valuable information about their glucose levels and trends, a key factor in managing the disease and staying healthy. "Being a professional athlete means my body needs to be in tip-top shape, and I can't have any surprises when I'm about to go out on the field," said Morris. "The amazing thing about the Dexcom CGM is I always have the opportunity to see my glucose levels and where they are going. This allows me to go into each and every game and play confidently. There are no more surprises—my CGM has greatly improved my ability to manage my Type 1 Diabetes." Morris, an advocate for patients living with diabetes, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was nine-years-old. Despite the challenges of playing sports with the disease, Morris was steadfast in pursuing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player and went on to play for the U.S. men's national team. In 2016, he was awarded the Hermann Trophy (given to the best player in NCAA Division I soccer) before going on to lead Stanford to the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship. In 2016, Morris signed with Seattle Sounders FC and currently leads the team with 12 goals this season, which is the second most by a rookie in league history. Now, at 21-years-old, Morris is committed to helping others with diabetes learn more about managing the disease. "When I was first diagnosed, it was a scary, nerve-wracking time for me and I thought it would interfere with my dreams of playing soccer," added Morris. "But diabetes has only driven me toward them. I want everyone living with diabetes to know that you can still reach your dreams—diabetes doesn't have to slow you down. Dexcom CGM has helped me accomplish my goals, and I'm eager to share that with others."