For any human, energy management is the difference between feeling good or feeling like s***. But for athletes, it’s the make or break difference between finishing a race or not, performing at your best or not, achieving your biggest goals or not.
Stakes are high, yeah?
Check out the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM):
Off-Hours defines the time when athletes are not actively engaged in training or competition. These are the hours when CGM provides crucial long-term benefits and insight to recovery.
On-Hours refers to the time when athletes are actively engaged in training or competition. During this time, real-time glucose visibility from your CGM empowers real-time fueling adjustments for sustained peak performance in the moment through the finish line.
1. Energy Management, Optimized:
The Supersapiens ecosystem is powered by the Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor. Together, you are empowered to better understand your body’s fueling requirements, always know your Live Glucose Reading, and help to prevent a loss of glucose resulting in a performance drop in any type of activity. You are in full control of your best performance levels.
2. Trailing Average Glucose & Effective Glucose Loading:
Show up to the starting line optimally fueled. What you may have heard of as “carb-loading,” or preparing glucose levels for competition, reflects an intention to show up to the starting line optimally fueled and ready to perform. Since the body has unique fueling requirements, managing fuel levels is nearly impossible without real-time visibility to your own live-streaming glucose levels. Understanding your individual body’s functional glucose levels and fuel requirements during specific activities empowers you to appropriately prepare and manage your fueling strategy.
3. In-Race Fueling is No Longer a Guessing Game:
While there are guidelines for when and how much to consume during any particular activity — such as 60-90 grams of carbohydrates per hour or about 250-350 calories, the same range for most endurance athletes — the actual exact timing and type of food to eat to ensure glucose stability, maintain optimal fuel levels, and sustain peak performance on an individual basis has been a bit of a black box. And it’s different for every individual. Managing optimal fuel levels is nearly impossible without real-time visibility to your own live-streaming glucose levels. Leveraging that real-time visibility to support your individual fueling needs: Game changer.
4. Glucose Zones to Sustain Peak Performance:
Real-time visibility empowers real-time adjustments. During rapid drops (and even rapid increases) in glucose, you may experience fatigue, lethargy, lack of focus, and lack of energy. Wearing the Abbott Libre Sense Glucose Sport biosensor helps prevent these events through experiential learning: You can determine which food type, amount, and at what time you consume it in order to prevent steep rushes or crashes. The biosensor provides both the real time glucose level and its direction (Trend Arrow), so you can determine what type of action is needed. Over time, you will learn to eat for stability, maintain fuel levels, and sustain peak performance.
5. Improving Recovery, Sleep, Insulin Resistance & Potentially Even Longevity:
Having a measure of your fuel stores after an intense bout of training or performance may be critical for proper refueling before your body’s next fueling demand. Plus, high glucose exposure has been associated with inflammation and oxidative stress. Limiting the effects of glucose-related inflammation may help promote muscle recovery. Excessively high glucose levels have also been shown to have negative effects on sleep. Additionally, over the long-term, these glucose-related effects may even play a role in reducing longevity. And over-consuming carbohydrates has been associated with other issues, including a vicious cycle of imbalance: insulin resistance, high circulating insulin levels and, potentially, chronically elevated glucose levels. As a whole, these issues may have immediate or long-term effects on training or performance. Although unproven, many biohackers, quantified-selfers, and researchers have been testing the effects of glucose on the human body. Through your own experiential learning, you could explore these theories and promote your own athletic recovery and performance.
So this is what continuous glucose monitoring can do for you. Benefits are major.
We’ve seen performance break-throughs for athletes who are now able to know exactly how their body is reacting to their fueling strategies thanks to CGM. The game-change is real.
Now, we want to share your stories. Let’s hear what continuous glucose monitoring is doing for your next-level athletic goals and fueling tactics:
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