Continuous Glucose Monitors

Generation Health

May 21 2024 • 1 hr 6 mins

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) are becoming available without a prescription. Monitoring both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can be tricky, and we discuss the positives and negatives of using CGMs vs. self monitoring. But now that CGMs are becoming available OTC, they're becoming popular with the biohacking & fitness communities. Dante investigates these OTC CGM options and the wisdome of non-diabetics using them.


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Generation Health is a weekly podcast discussing cutting edge research and time tested best practices to help you live better, longer. Joey DiMatteo (PharmD, CCN), & Dante DiMatteo (PharmD, CSCS) are the second generation in a family dedicated to helping educate listeners so they can make informed decisions about their own health. Incorporating their extensive knowledge in pharmaceuticals, nutrition, exercise, and supplementation, they love sharing their wisdom with anyone looking to improve their life!

00:25 - Show Intro
01:15 - Josiah's half marathon story
06:42 - Behind the Counter
09:43 - What is a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)?
10:26 - Why do blood glucose levels matter?
11:09 - How do CGMs work?
15:35 - How are they used for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics?
20:28 - Self-monitoring vs. continuous monitoring
23:16 - What causes sudden glucose crashes?
26:14 - Other issues with the traditional method
32:23 - Over-the-counter CGMs
35:19 - What's the harm in using one?
49:23 - Takeaways
59:45 - Dr. Peter Attia on blood glucose
1:04:17 - Show Outro

1) Optical Sensor CGM -
2) Do Not Use Smartwatches or Rings (FDA) -
3) Optimize Your Nutrition and Behavior with CGMs (YouTube) -
4) OTC CGMs (MedPage Today) -
5) CGMs: Past, Present and Future (NIH) -
6) CGMs For Those Without Diabetes (NIH) -
7) CGMs in Clinical Practice (NIH) -
8) CGM not 100% accurate (FreeStyle Libre) -
9) FDA Clears CGM for OTC (Dexcom) -

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