WHAT IS A CONTINUOUS GLUCOSE MONITOR?
Continuous Glucose Monitors [CGMs] are a more recent breakthrough in biomedical technology. In a minimally invasive way, CGMs help individuals to track blood sugar in real time. While the only perfectly accurate glucose reading is by getting a blood glucose test from a lab, wearers of a CGM sensor can gain meaningful information regarding how their unique metabolism responds to food combinations and stress, sleep, and exercise.
These devices are helping people to understand the unique aspects of their metabolism, which is directly influenced by genetic makeup, eating habits, and overall health (e.g., thyroid function, hormone balance, muscle mass, chronic stress, poor sleep, disease, toxins, and inflammation).
When you wear a CGM, it informs you in real time of what food combinations elevate your blood glucose excessively and which combinations keep it stable. Data patterns can be sent to an app on your phone for evaluation and to increase understanding of your biochemical response to food, stress, exercise, and sleep. As a result, you can make lifestyle changes that directly impact your weight, healing journey, and wellness.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROGRAM?
Anyone who wants to
- Optimize health and feel better.
- Lose weight but find it challenging to do so.
- Understand how your unique body functions in relation to the foods you eat, your stress level, sleep quality, and activities.
- Better manage diabetes.
- Prevent low blood sugar.
- Alleviate brain fog, fatigue, and mood swings.
- Stop sugar cravings.
- Reduce chances of getting a lifestyle disease [i.e., heart, autoimmune, cancer, diabetes, etc.]
WHY MEASURE BLOOD GLUCOSE?
- Ongoing spiking of blood glucose leads to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Blood sugar spikes also affect metabolic function, leading to permanent damage.
- The chronic spiking of blood glucose causes weight gain, non-alcoholic fatty liver, and the inability to utilize your fat stores as fuel.
- Spiking your blood glucose also leads to a multitude of symptoms such as sugar cravings, extreme hunger pangs, energy crashes, brain fog, moodiness, digestive issues, trouble sleeping, waking up with heart palpitations, acne, inflammation, anxiety, and frequent colds.
- To help you develop a healthy nutritional lifestyle by determining what triggers your blood sugar spikes so that you can balance your blood sugar.
CGM PROGRAM COMPONENTS
- Meet with a medical provider for an initial consultation and to get preliminary lab orders. Your two (2) sensors will be ordered after your initial appointment and shipped directly to you. [Comprehensive Metabolic and HgbA1C]
- Schedule your Metacheck metabolic analysis tests and nutrition appointments for a start and again at the end of your program.
- You will scan a qr code in your provided program booklet while waiting for your sensors to arrive. You will receive an email that will guide you through setting up the app needed for the duration of your program.
- After wearing your CGM monitor for 14-15 days, you will meet with the staff nutritionist to review your data and discuss your experiences and observations, and the nutritionist will offer recommendations.
- Following the first 14 days on the monitor and your first nutrition appointment, you can continue without the monitor for 30 days, applying what you are learning about your body. There is an option on the provided website to order more CGMs if you prefer to wear them for a more extended period.
- After 30 days, you will wear the monitor for another 14 days, then meet again with the nutritionist to review your data, note your progress, and continue improving nutrition and lifestyle habits. Based on your results and progress, an additional appointment with a provider may be recommended or warranted.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any supplements that might alter my results? Taking ascorbic acid (vitamin C) supplements while wearing the Sensor may falsely raise Sensor glucose readings. Taking more than 500 mg of ascorbic acid daily may affect the Sensor readings, which could cause you to miss a severe low glucose event. Ascorbic acid can be found in supplements, including multivitamins. Some supplements, including cold remedies such as Airborne® and Emergen-C®, may contain high doses of 1000 mg of ascorbic acid and should not be taken while using the Sensor. See your healthcare professional to understand how long ascorbic acid is active in your body. Consider avoiding these supplements while you’re collecting your data with the CGM.
- Why is my finger prick glucose reading different than the sensor glucose reading? They are likely to be different because they measure different things. The sensor glucose readings come from the interstitial fluid [ISF], the thin layer of fluid that surrounds the cells of the tissues beneath your skin, not from your blood. There is a 10 to 20-minute delay in ISF glucose response to changes in blood glucose. Glucose readings on ISF have been proven to reliably reflect glucose levels. [https://www.freestylelibre.com.au/difference-between-glucose-interstitial-glucose]
- Is it safe to wear the CGM during an ultrasound/high-intensity electromagnetic technology/radio frequency? CGMs should be removed before the following exposure: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) scan, or high-frequency electrical heat (diathermy) treatment. The effect of MRI, CT scans, or diathermy on the performance of the System has not been evaluated. The exposure may damage the Sensor and impact the device’s proper function, which could cause incorrect readings. Ultrasounds would not classify as any of the above, so this would be a personal choice if you wish to risk it. If you wear it and it becomes faulty, please get in touch with Theia to get you a complimentary replacement.
- How does a Sauna/ Heat/ Cold affect CGM’s? Saunas, hot, and cold temperatures may show more significant variability in your glucose responses due to inaccuracies from the environment, humidity, or temperature itself. The sensor can be used in showers, baths, saunas, and cold plunges, though the readings may not be accurate.
- What is the EMF exposure with the Freestyle Libre 3? The communication between the App and Sensor during an activation scan is a short-range Near Field Communication (NFC) method, which makes it difficult to interfere with or intercept during transmission. The communication between the App and Sensor for glucose data is a standard Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection. The radio frequencies it operates are: 2.402-2.480 GHz BLE; GFSK; 4.6 dBm EIR. Bluetooth devices are extremely low-powered, typically about 2.5mW, which is less than a cordless phone and approximately 100 times less than the maximum power of a mobile phone. The safety of radio waves has been extensively studied for more than 50 years. Numerous independent expert panels, government agencies, standard-setting organizations, and health authorities worldwide have reviewed this large and growing body of research. All have reached the same general scientific conclusion: no established evidence of any adverse health effects from exposure to radio waves within the limits applied to wireless communications. Concerning radio frequency emissions and wireless technology and health, the general conclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) is, “Despite extensive research, to date, there is no evidence to conclude that exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields is harmful to human health.” Summary of health Effects – Key point 6 http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/index1.html
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