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What Is Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM Sensor)?

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Grabbing a morning coffee on the way to a demanding job. A cocktail at the end of the day to unwind. Skipped meals. A restless night’s sleep. 

Does this sound like you? Perhaps, it sounds like most of us. While all of these situations may be written off as part of everyday life, they are also silent culprits. While we are running through life, these seemingly innocent activities are actually throwing off our blood sugar levels. 

You may have seen the term ‘continuous glucose monitoring’ floating around your favourite self-proclaimed ‘biohacker’ influencers or nutrition-enthusiasts. You may also be wondering why they are trying to sell you on a blood sugar monitor when you are not diabetic. The answer is simple: blood sugar levels affect us all. Although people living with diabetes may experience more volatile blood sugar level spikes and drops, no one is immune to the rippling effects a change in blood sugar can have on our energy, hormones, and long-term well-being. 

In a new age of proactive, healthy lifestyles, more and more people are curious about how they can improve their health, exercise more efficiently, and avoid detrimental, lifelong conditions before they begin. If this sounds intriguing, then you are the perfect candidate for a continuous glucose monitoring system. 

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) Sensor is the simplest, most effective way to gain valuable insight on your health that was once only available in costly doctors’ offices. The sensor is adhered to the back of your arm. A thin, flexible filament is placed under your skin for accurate results. Throughout the day, you can simply scan the monitor with your smartphone for your latest glucose reading. Now, you do not need to endure painful needle jabs to unlock the secrets to better health. 

Now that you understand how a CGM sensor works, you may be wondering why you should join the wave of people biohacking their bodies for their best health yet. Most modern diets are high in fats, complex carbs, and sugars. When we have too much of these in our system, our bodies store the extra sugars. Additionally, our insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to process this excess sugar, becomes less and less effective. Once we do not have insulin managing our blood sugar levels, they can easily spiral out of control. Many of us have experience the fatigue and lightheadedness of a crash in blood sugar. However, there are dangerous consequences for prolonged elevated blood sugar levels.

When your blood sugar levels are elevated for long periods, you are at higher risk of:

  • Developing type-2 diabetes
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Numbness or tingling in your extremities 
  • Poor vision
  • Infections
  • Low libido
  • Poor digestion
  • Constipation
  • Failing memory
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Irritated skin, and
  • Deteriorating oral health

The CGM sensor allows you to consistently monitor your glucose levels over a span of 14 days. Within those two weeks, you will be able to see how your diet, stress, fasting, exercise, and lifestyle affect your blood sugar. Furthermore, you can then take not of how your blood sugar levels affect your cognition, energy, and athletic performance. This priceless insight can point out patterns that may be holding you back from becoming the healthiest, most prosperous version of yourself. 

Historically, people have wrongly believed that glucose monitors are only for those with diabetes. Do not fall prey to the false narrative that if you do not have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are fine. Thanks to stressful jobs and less-than-perfect diets, we could all benefit from seeing the true status of our health. AgelessRX provides you an opportunity to get back on track before lifelong health conditions set in. You no longer have to be a bystander; through a painless and efficient continuous glucose monitoring System you can take back your body and set yourself up for a lifetime of optimal health.

Robert Haynes did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.

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