Molly Downey (NutriSense): How A Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) Can Help You Improve Your Blood Sugar Levels #86

5 October 2021

Molly Downey (NutriSense) How A Continuous Glucose Monitor Can Help You Improve Your Blood Sugar Levels pcos oracle podcast

Molly Downey, RDN, LDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LDN) who specializes in glucose control, metabolism and weight loss. She graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington and currently works as a dietitian at Nutrisense (@nutrisensio), a health technology company which leverages continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) as a way to optimize diet, health and overall wellbeing.

In episode 86, I speak with Molly Downey (Nutrition Manager at NutriSense) about blood sugar balance and how a continuous glucose monitor can help you achieve better glucose levels. The interview is split into two parts. Part one, Molly and I delve into blood sugar basics. Part two, Molly speaks about NutriSense, what a GGM is, who it's for and how it can help you improve your blood sugar levels.

Find out

  • Why blood sugar balance is an important component people should focus on when looking to improve their health
  • Causes of blood sugar fluctuations/swings
  • Signs/symptoms of high and low blood sugar
  • Optimal blood sugar ranges
  • Healthy/normal increases in blood sugar
  • What factors impact how your body responds to a meal. For example, why might eating the same meal but at a different time in the day cause a different glucose response? 
  • Do you need to eat a specific macronutrient first to avoid spikes in blood sugar caused by a meal
  • Tests someone can do to find out if they have insulin resistance or diabetes
  • What should you do to lower your high morning blood sugar and why might blood sugar spike in the night/early morning- while you sleep?
  • What can affect someone's carb tolerance? Why do some people respond fine when they eat more carbs in a meal but someone else might respond badly and have a very high spike
  • Who is Nutrisense, what is a CGM and how it can help optimize your glucose levels
  • CGM vs glucose meter
  • Red flags/signs of insulin resistance
  • Interpreting my CGM readings(walking through my data as an example)
  • Tips/steps to take to work on lowering blood sugar.

This was a really interesting episode to record. I really enjoy reviewing new health products, and the CGM device is definitely another tool in my toolbox! Blood sugar has been something I wanted to learn more about and improve (because things are never perfect, there's always room for improvement!). Honestly, it was such a great experience, I absolutely loved all the data and analytics the CGM and app provide. At first the data was a little overwhelming, but the educational library and the registered dietitians are super helpful. With all the information I obtained from using I CGM, I was able to make some changes in my diet and lifestyle to see improvements in my energy, mood and concentration.

The CGM is definitely a device/tool I would recommend to anyone who is looking to optimize their blood sugar levels.

Please enjoy!

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Show Notes

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