You might wonder why I started using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) when I am not even diabetic. This is why. After receiving lab results from my doctor that I wasn’t thrilled with, I decided to work on balancing my blood sugar – yep, even though I don’t have diabetes

Why am I concerned about my blood sugar?

Because of insulin resistance.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what that is.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas that tells your body to convert sugar into energy. When you have excess sugar (or carbohydrates) in your body, your pancreas is working overtime trying to convert, it can become “worn out” and doesn’t produce as much insulin anymore. This results in elevated blood sugar and insulin resistance. Without intervention, these elevated blood sugar levels lead to type 2 diabetes.

You guys, today even children are developing signs of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. We have a major epidemic on our hands!

The good news it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes with diet and lifestyle changes. And one of the best ways to gauge if your diet and lifestyle changes are effective is by wearing a continuous glucose monitor.

What labs was I concerned about?

My hemoglobin A1c was 5.3. This lab measures long-term blood glucose control.

Conventional medicine will tell you this is a normal level up to 5.7. But functional medicine practitioners seem to be catching onto the benefit of managing glucose levels early on and therefore many recommend levels less than 5.3 and better yet some say less than 5.

I mean why wait until you are in the pre-diabetes or diabetes range to take action when you can start being intentional about your blood sugar now!?

My fasting glucose was 97. This shows your blood sugar is after 8-12 hours of fasting. Again, conventional medicine will say under 99 is acceptable.

I’m not okay with acceptable. Functional medicine recommends a range of 75-90.

Also, I am pretty certain that I am already displaying signs of blood sugar imbalances.

  • For example, I crave sweets.
  • I feel “hangry” if I miss a meal.
  • I love caffeine but makes me feel jittery (I’m cutting back!).
  • I’m thirsty a lot.
  • I feel moody and irritable after eating sugary foods and certain carbohydrates.
  • Extra weight tends to accumulate in my midsection.
  • Specifically, my waist measurement is equal to or larger than my hip measurements— an indicator of insulin resistance.
  • And I found this concerning too… I was never told that I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancies BUT I ended up delivering a 10 1/2 baby. I discovered that delivering a baby weighing greater than 9 pounds also shows an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.

I’m only at the beginning of my blood sugar balancing journey but I’m already discovering that keeping my blood sugar stable throughout the day has a ton of benefits for my overall health, like more energy, better focus, and better mood.

What is causing this alarming rate of insulin resistance in America?

We can place much of the blame on food companies adding sugar to foods that don’t even need it in the first place, the excessive consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates (nutrient-depleted baked goods, crackers, chips, cereal, etc.) in our culture, and the lack of education to help people understand all of this and make better choices about what they eat.

By wearing a CGM, I can see exactly how my body responds to different foods and activities throughout the day, and I can make adjustments accordingly.

For example, I’ve been noticing a blood sugar spike and crash when I eat certain foods, like rice, grapes, and bananas. The CGM is giving me data that helps me make the correlation between the episode and how I actually feel from it— usually like crap, I’ll add. Plus, it gives me recommendations on what I can eat instead or ways to balance my blood sugar after eating these foods, like going for a walk after a meal.

Personally, it’s been a game-changer in terms of understanding how my body works and making choices throughout the day that promotes stability instead of a rollercoaster ride.

Do you suspect unbalanced blood sugars?

So if you’re someone who’s been struggling to get your health on track, I highly recommend working on balancing your blood sugar.

You don’t need to have a CGM but it sure can be a helpful tool to utilize! One of my favorite resources is the Glucose Goddess. She just released a new book and I can’t wait to get my hands on it soon.

FYI: Sometimes you need to be your own advocate. Ask your doctor to check your hemoglobin A1c and fasting glucose even if you aren’t showing signs of diabetes. Mine was covered by insurance because it’s considered preventative care.

You can also purchase an at-home heart health testing kit (which includes both those labs) from Everlywell and they have practitioners you can consult virtually to discuss your results.

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I'm Abby— a Registered Nurse and Functional Health Consultant. I assist clients in identifying the root cause of their health problems, begin healing, and attain optimal wellness. Book a free consult to learn more about my services!

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