CGM stands for Continuous Glucose Monitor. It is a tiny wearable device that reads the glucose levels in your interstitial fluids continuously.
Fast Rise Notification
When the Signos app senses that your glucose is rising more than 30 points, you will receive a “fast rise notification,” and the Signos app will offer suggestions to help minimize your spike.
Why do we suggest movement? Moving helps muscles absorb excess glucose for energy. Can’t move at the moment? You can move later! All movement helps stabilize glucose, supporting the body and mind.
Signos activities are designed to help you explore how your glucose responds in a variety of situations and develop healthy habits that work uniquely for you. The activities are designed to be completed daily; however, you are welcome to move through the activities in the way that works best for you.
A blood sugar spike is a sharp, quick rise in blood sugar levels followed by a similar decline. This may happen after eating, exercising, sleeping, and during times of stress.
Fasting glucose tells us how much sugar, or glucose, is in your blood in a fasted state (usually 8 hours or more after a meal). The best time to take a fasted glucose measurement is first thing in the morning. Please note: drinking water will not affect your glucose levels, but coffee can because caffeine may raise glucose levels for some people.
A good target for fasting glucose for non-diabetics is between 72-90 mg/dL.
Postprandial glucose is the measurement taken two hours after a meal. While it’s normal to see a rise in glucose within a few minutes after eating, the goal is to minimize post-meal spikes and keep glucose levels consistent from pre-meal to post-meal.
A good target for postprandial glucose for non-diabetics is less than 120 mg/dL.
Glycemic variability, or swings in blood glucose levels, is an important thing to keep an eye on. Certain degrees of glucose variability, or fluctuation in glucose, are normal; circadian rhythms, hormones, and the regulation of very important bodily functions can raise and lower your glucose naturally through the day by small amounts.
Hypoglycemia is when your glucose dips below the normal range. Generally, this is OK. Sustained hypoglycemia might make you hungry and prone to overeating. If experiencing hypoglycemia, try eating a protein-heavy meal paired with some simple carbs, and add a little fat.