Ever wonder what your body is doing digesting that last meal? Or why your blood sugars don’t seem to match up with what you think your eating? You might consider a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to find out the answers.
I’ve used these devices over the years and with a new lineup of smaller, less expensive, and longer lasting sensors I’m starting to use them more frequently. Recently, I began working with a patient who agreed to send me some of his data back to use in instructing others how utilize a CGM. Here is a screen shot.
So what do you see? After fasting overnight and into the afternoon his blood glucose has stayed under 100mg/dL even after breaking the fast with chicken and bacon. That’s a pretty ideal plot. When dinner rolls around and he eats meatloaf his glucose ‘spikes’ up to the 140s. That’s not crazy high or anything but definitely enough to cause an insulin surge and a reduction in his weight loss potential for the day. That will set him back a bit.
If you’re interested in utilizing a CGM, schedule an appointment with me and we’ll work out the details. Most insurances don’t pay for them unless you use insulin for diabetes management but the sensors cost $59-65 each and last 14 days at a time.
I plan on picking one up to track my own progress (after my birthday, that is!).