Should you spend money on a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)?

Dasha M
5 min readFeb 4, 2021

A review on whether you should spend the moolah on the latest, delicious tech device to optimize your health

Example of a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) after it’s been used for 2 weeks (NO IT DOES NOT HURT)

Please continue reading if you fall into any of these categories:

  • You are someone who feels sluggish / tired frequently
  • You have PCOS or Endometriosis
  • You are trying to reduce sugar intake
  • You don’t know which foods are good for you and not
  • You want to improve your performance (cognitive / physical)

If you aren’t one of these people, then the rest of this article will not be interesting for you. Really, it won’t. Stop now.

For those of you who ARE into self-improvement and more energy to get through the day, read on — you are about to embark onto a grand tale of monitoring your glucose levels.

Why Do I Want to Track Glucose? I’m not diabetic.

Great question! You are correct that glucose levels have been, historically, extremely relevant for diabetics. In fact, diabetics often have been wearing devices such as the Dexcom (and hence why they have been historically quite expensive).

The reason that diabetics track glucose is because they need to know if / when their glucose spikes. If a spike happens, then they can take the correct precaution to make sure they are safe and not rushed to the hospital (e.g., insulin shots, etc.).

If you are not diabetic, then congrats! Unfortunately, the statistics are a bit morose right now. Below are some stats taken from the CDC 2020 Report on Diabetes. (read this report, it’s scary but informative!)

  • 2013–2016: Approx 13% of Americans had diabetes
  • 2018: Appox. 34% of Americans had diabetes
  • 2013– 2016: 34.5M of Americans had prediabetes
  • 2013– 2016: 88M of Americans had prediabetes

So, if you are NOT diabetic, there is a chance that you are still getting quite a bit of sugar in your diet. Glucose is sneakily snuck into our wine, ketchup, and many “healthy foods”.

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Dasha M

Biohacker. TBI Survivor. Ex-Management Consultant. Advisor to Brain and Women’s Health Companies.