If you’re a woman in perimenopause who is struggling with weight loss, your blood sugar could be to blame. As we age, we become less resilient to stress, which oftentimes shows up as blood sugar imbalance and insulin issues. When blood sugar is not in balance, it makes losing weight so. much. harder. This is where a continuous glucose monitor can help!
In this episode, I share my personal experience with real-time data provided by a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to track my blood sugar during a fat loss phase. It was fascinating to use and uncovered some seriously valuable insights that changes my approach to my diet and workouts. I have shared a little about this in an older episode so this is a fun update.
A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a device used to track and monitor blood glucose levels in real-time. It consists of a small sensor that is inserted under the skin, typically on the abdomen or arm, and it continuously measures the glucose levels in the interstitial fluid (fluid surrounding the body’s cells). The sensor sends the glucose readings to a receiver or a compatible device, such as a smartphone or a dedicated CGM receiver, which displays the data.
A Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) can track several important metrics related to blood glucose levels, including:
- Glucose Levels: The primary purpose of a CGM is to monitor glucose levels continuously throughout the day and night. It provides real-time data on glucose levels, typically updating every few minutes. This information allows individuals with diabetes to see their glucose patterns, trends, and fluctuations.
- Trend Data: CGMs can provide trend arrows or graphs that show whether glucose levels are rising, falling, or stable. This helps individuals to understand the direction and rate of change in their glucose levels, which can be useful for making treatment decisions.
- Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia Alerts: CGMs can be set to provide alerts or alarms when glucose levels go too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). These alerts can be essential for preventing severe hypoglycemia or identifying when corrective action is needed.
- Patterns and Insights: CGM systems often offer features that analyze the collected data to identify patterns and provide insights. For example, they can show the effects of meals, exercise, stress, and medication on glucose levels over time.
- Data Sharing: Many CGM systems allow data to be shared with healthcare providers, family members, or caregivers. This feature enables remote monitoring and can provide valuable information for diabetes management and treatment adjustments.
It’s important to note that CGMs measure glucose levels in the interstitial fluid, which can slightly lag behind blood glucose levels. However, CGMs are considered highly accurate and provide valuable information for diabetes management. They are especially beneficial for people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes who use insulin therapy or require close monitoring of their glucose levels.
If you want help making informed choices about your lifestyle habits, optimizing your diet, and achieving your weight loss goals, a CGM is an incredible tool. Find out how you can try a Nutrisense CGM for two weeks and unlock a new level of understanding about your body’s response to different foods. Use discount code CARROTSNCAKE for a discount and embark on your own journey to a healthier lifestyle!
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