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Track Your Blood Sugars For Better Personalized Health

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There Will Be Blood

Are you counting steps? Counting calories? Monitoring your sleep? Heart rate zones? These all have their merits:

About calories: this writer (it’s me, hi) opines that intermittent fasting has the same benefits as caloric restriction, without the hassle of counting, and is therefore superior. I also personally find fasting psychologically more pleasant. However, our goal here is to be informative, not prescriptive, and some people may have reasons to prefer CR to IF!

Examples that come to mind include ease of adherence in the case of diabetes management, especially Type 1, or if one’s schedule (and/or one’s “medications that need to be taken with food” schedule) does not suit IF.

And now for the blood…

A rising trend in health enthusiasts presently is the use of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs), which do exactly what is sounds like they do: they continually monitor glucose. Specifically, the amount of it in your blood.

Of course, these have been in use in diabetes management for years; the technology is not new, but the application of the technology is.

A good example of what benefits a non-diabetic person can gain from the use of a CGM is Jessie Inchauspé, the food scientist of “Glucose Revolution” and “The Glucose Goddess Method” fame.

By wearing a CGM, she was able to notice what things did and didn’t spike her blood sugars, and found that a lot of the things were not stuff that people knew/advised about!

For example, much of diabetes management (including avoiding diabetes in the first place) is based around paying attention to carbs and little else, but she found that it made a huge difference what she ate (or didn’t) with the carbs. By taking many notes over the course of her daily life, she was eventually able to isolate these patterns, showed her working-out in The Glucose Revolution (there’s a lot of science in that book), and distilled that information into bite-size (heh) advice such as:

10 Ways To Balance Blood Sugars

That’s great, but since people like Inchauspé have done the work, I don’t have to, right?

You indeed don’t have to! But you can still benefit from it. For example, fastidious as her work was, it’s a sample size of one. If you’re not a slim white 32-year-old French woman, there may be some factors that are different for you.

All this to say: glucose responses, much like nutrition in general, are not a one-size-fits-all affair.

With a CGM, you can start building up your own picture of what your responses to various foods are like, rather than merely what they “should” be like.

This, by the way, is also one of the main aims of personalized health company ZOE, which crowdsourced a lot of scientific data about personalized metabolic responses to standardized meals:

ZOE: Gut Health 2.0

Not knowing these things can be dangerous

We don’t like to scaremonger here, but we do like to point out potential dangers, and in this case, blindly following standardized diet advice, if your physiology is not standard, can have harmful effects, see for example:

Diabetic-level glucose spikes seen in non-diabetic people

Where can I get a CGM?

We don’t sell them, and neither does Amazon, but you can check out some options here:

The 4 Best CGM Devices For Measuring Blood Sugar in 2024

…and if your doctor is not obliging with a prescription, note that the device that came out top in the above comparisons, will be available OTC soon:

The First OTC Continuous Glucose Monitor Will Be Available Summer 2024

Take care!

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