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Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Analysis

Sarah Fishman MD PhD PC

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Thyroid Specialist & Hormone & Weight Loss Specialist located in New York, NY

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a technology used to track blood glucose levels in real-time throughout the day and night. While CGM technology is primarily designed for people with diabetes, there are many scenarios where individuals without diabetes might choose to wear a CGM. Book an appointment today to take control of your metabolic health and learn about your unique glucose trends.



How does CGM analysis work?

Sensor: A small sensor is placed under the skin, usually on the abdomen or upper arm. This sensor measures glucose levels in the interstitial fluid, which correlates well with blood glucose levels. Placement of the sensor is painless.

Receiver/App: A smartphone app displays the glucose readings continuously, allowing you to see your current glucose level, trends over time, and receive alerts for high or low glucose levels.

Data Sharing: Our CGM systems share your glucose data with our team at Premier Endocrine, facilitating better glycemic management and support. After you’ve completed a full sensor cycle of 14 days, we review your data and give you personalized recommendations.

If I don’t have diabetes, can I still benefit from CGM analysis?

Some people without diabetes may be interested in tracking their blood glucose levels to gain insights into how their diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices affect their body's metabolism and overall health. CGMs can provide valuable data on glucose fluctuations throughout the day, helping individuals make informed decisions about their lifestyle habits.

Individuals with a family history of diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes may choose to wear a CGM as a proactive measure to monitor their glucose levels and detect any abnormalities early on. By identifying potential glucose dysregulation in its early stages, individuals can take preventive actions to mitigate their risk of developing diabetes or other metabolic disorders.

Are CGMs accurate?

CGMs are generally accurate, but factors like sensor calibration, insertion site, and user technique can affect accuracy.

While wearing a CGM without a medical indication may seem unconventional, it reflects a growing interest in personalized health optimization and self-monitoring technologies. However, it's essential for individuals without diabetes to interpret CGM data in consultation with healthcare professionals to ensure accurate interpretation and avoid unnecessary interventions.

Can CGM analysis help me with my diet?

Some individuals may use CGMs as part of dietary experiments or interventions, such as ketogenic diets, intermittent fasting, or carb cycling. By monitoring glucose levels in real-time, individuals can assess how different dietary approaches affect their blood sugar levels and metabolic health, guiding their dietary choices and optimization strategies.

Can using a CGM help my athletic performance?

Athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and biohackers may use CGMs to optimize their performance and recovery. Monitoring glucose levels during exercise and recovery can provide insights into fuel utilization, glycogen depletion, and metabolic efficiency, helping individuals tailor their nutrition and training strategies for better performance and recovery.

CGMs align with the principles of the quantified self-movement, where individuals use self-tracking technologies to gain insights into various aspects of their health and performance. For enthusiasts in the biohacking community, wearing a CGM can be a way to explore the intricacies of their metabolism and experiment with lifestyle interventions to optimize health and performance.

Can CGMs be worn during activities like swimming or exercise?

At Premier Endocrine, our CGM sensors are waterproof and can be worn during activities like swimming and exercise,