Even if you are not diabetic or think that you have an issue with your blood sugar, wearing a continuous blood glucose monitor could be very beneficial for your health.

Blood sugar (glucose) balance is a foundation of good health.

Blood sugar balance is essential for cognition and brain health, immune function, gut health, weight management, heart health and supporting healthy cholesterol levels

When blood glucose is not balanced, your risk of many chronic diseases increases.

Fasting glucose

Your GP may use a fasting blood glucose test in order to check your blood glucose levels. It is usually taken first thing in the morning after an overnight fast of 12 hours or more.

Your fasting glucose will fall between these ranges;

  • Normal = less than 5.6 mmol/l
  • Prediabetes = 5.6 – 6.9 mmol/l
  • Diabetes = 7 or higher

Optimal levels are thought to be between 3.9 – 4.7 mmol/l

Continuous Blood Glucose Monitors

Continuous blood glucose monitors measure your blood glucose levels via a small sensor usually inserted just under the skin on the back of the arm, approximately every 15 minutes over a set period of time. I used a continuous blood glucose monitor for 14 days.

They are easy to insert and are pain-free.

The monitor provides 24-hour readings of blood glucose levels and is therefore much more accurate than a one-off fasting glucose measurement.

It allows you to see how your blood sugar could be affected by certain foods, sleep (or lack of sleep), exercise and stress etc.

Here are 5 things I learnt from my results;

1. A bad nights sleep increased my morning blood glucose reading above normal levels
2. Morning HIIT or weights kept my blood glucose stable until lunchtime
3. Conversely, sitting at a desk working all morning caused a steep rise in blood glucose at lunchtime even when eating a healthy lunch…
4. A stressful day increased my blood glucose throughout the entire day
5. Mango and apples increased my blood glucose above the optimal range (but they could be fine for you)
You do not need to be diabetic to use a blood glucose monitor.
In fact, women’s health expert, Dr Sara Gottfried has said that wearing a continuous blood glucose monitor (CGM)
             “has done more to change my eating habits in real time than
              any other intervention, prescription or lifestyle”
It has shown me my own bio-individuality in terms of diet (we are all unique), the importance of stress management, quality sleep and exercise for health
This is also a tool that I sometimes use with clients in clinical practice to help them get results faster.
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