Now that you’ve set up your Dexcom G7 Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), it’s time for you and your care team to understand “the big picture” when it comes to your blood sugar. Your CGM will capture readings over the next 10 days. Here’s what we encourage you to do during that time:
Log your Food in the Vida App
Aim to log your meals, snacks, and drinks in the Vida app. This way you and your care team will start to see how your food impacts your blood sugar. Your coach will review your food logs and CGM readings and customize a plan to help you with your goals.
The Vida Food Logger is located in the Trackers section of your Home Screen. Click here to learn more.
Understand your high or low blood sugar readings
As you monitor your blood sugar through your CGM, you might notice high or low readings. Keep in mind that some people don’t feel symptoms at all when blood sugar is out of range. So check any high or low readings with your meter to be sure.
High reading (Greater than 180 mg/dL)
Some causes of high readings include:
- Sugary, high-carb foods and drinks
- Not taking enough diabetes meds
- Taking diabetes meds at the wrong time
- Being less active
- Increased stress
- Illness or infection
- Taking certain meds, such as steroids
Low reading (Less than 70 mg/dL)
Some causes of low readings include:
- Skipped or delayed meal
- Timing of diabetes meds and food
- Taking too much diabetes medicine
- Taking diabetes meds at wrong time
- Unplanned or extra exercise
- Alcohol (work with your coach to learn the best way to prevent lows while having an alcoholic beverage)
IMPORTANT: Operating heavy equipment, such as driving a vehicle, can be dangerous while having low blood sugar. Please make sure your blood sugar is in range before operating heavy equipment.
We encourage you to pay attention to these readings. Understand your behaviors when these readings took place and let your coach know, in Chat, what you think caused a high or low you saw on the CGM or felt in your body. If you’re not sure what caused your high or low, that’s OK, too.