Sugar Surfing Lesson #17: Shift happens


As I write in the book “Sugar Surfing™”, blood glucose levels in healthy people are never truly static (at least not for very long). The ebb and flow of blood sugar reflects the natural shifting which occurs in response to the immediate metabolic needs of the human body. Glucose (blood sugar) is a high energy fuel for tissues. Activity, stress, digestion and fasting are some of the forces which affect the minute to minute level of useable energy (e.g., glucose) circulating in our bloodstream.

A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) vividly reflects these shifting glucose levels in real time through the image of a BG level versus time graph, better known as a trend line. Sugar Surfing (dynamic diabetes management) is the art form of ‘steering’ or directing the trend line in order to meet the expectations of the person with diabetes. Sugar Surfing is not based on how one chooses to eat. It is a method of learning how to make choices and decisions regarding one’s diabetes self-care choices. We make thousands of choices each day and some of these choices impact the trendline favorably. Others, less so. Every day’s blood sugar pattern is unique; literally. Imagine collecting a highly accurate blood sugar measurement each minute of the day. In total, this would equal 1440 glucose readings. Now ask yourself: “what are the odds of two different days possessing the identical blood sugar number sequence? Of course, the answer is...astronomical.