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on the Highs and Lows of Continuous Glucose Monitors

The Consistency Project
The Consistency Project
on the Highs and Lows of Continuous Glucose Monitors

The soundbite summary: Using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is like determining if a business is profitable by watching individual transactions of revenue and expenses without ever putting together a Profit & Loss statement. It’s both too much and too little data at the same time.

Topics include:

  • Why blood sugar is important, how it’s regulated, and problems with hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia
  • What’s different about diabetics and why they are helpful in insulin-dependent cases
  • Why Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) are not helpful for weight and health goals for otherwise healthy individuals
  • Why CGMs could drive positive behavior change regardless of the data
  • Why CGMs could lead to food neuroses

Referenced articles:

Dicembrini et al., 2021. Effectiveness of CGMs in Type 1 Diabetics
Howard et al., 2020. Imprecision nutrition? Different CGMs provide different data to the same meals
New York Times article on CGMs.
Zeevi et al., 2015. Different blood sugar responses between foods (banana and cookies). 

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