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You’re Too Sweet!
By Amy Keller Laird
No, those aren’t nicotine patches you’re seeing on the toned arms in Pilates class. Continuous glucose monitors are the latest tool to increase energy, metabolism, and maybe even longevity.
Most people haven’t paid too much attention to their blood sugar levels. But now, in wellness-obsessed enclaves such as Tribeca, Brentwood, and Notting Hill, it seems as if everyone is monitoring.
Glucose-measuring devices, and apps that interpret their data, have recently flooded the market, and many of the people who are buying them don’t have diabetes. The monitors resemble a nicotine patch fitted with a tiny needle; they take pinprick readings throughout the day, which are sent to a smartphone app that analyzes the data. Many users discover the connection between certain foods and blood-sugar spikes, leading them to make more healthful choices as a result.
Nutritionists are using that information to construct diets around blood-sugar control, with the aim of increasing energy and accelerating weight loss. Influencers, especially TikTok’s @bloodsugarking and Instagram’s @glucosegoddess, are preaching this to the masses. And now, Apple is reportedly working on adding glucose-measuring capabilities to its watch.