Our metabolism is comprised of a complex set of cellular processes that result in energy production in our body. Regulation of insulin and glucose are critical to metabolic regulation. Insulin is not easy to measure, but glucose is a blood sugar that’s easily measured. For type 1 and type 2 diabetics, measuring blood sugar is a key component of health maintenance.
Continuous glucose measurement (CGM) is a technology that allows a person to monitor glucose levels in real-time, without having to prick your finger for a blood sample. This technology has been a game changer for diabetics, allowing very precise control of insulin dosing in type 1 diabetics, and monitoring response to foods and exercise for type 2 diabetics.
Why would someone who’s not a diabetic want to use a continuous glucose monitor? The theory is that getting this extremely precise data will allow someone to take steps before a problem like type 2 diabetes sets in, and by doing so you’ll lose body fat, get to your optimal body weight, and reduce your chances for chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease.