Adding value to your own life and to all of your clients has never been easier.
The new Supersapiens Dashboard is here for you, answering: “How can I analyze glucose data over the long term and identify trends to guide lasting positive behavior change?”
Also, the much coveted, “Do you have a desktop version?!”
What Is The Dashboard?
The dashboard is an online platform that allows you to easily view, compare, and analyze your Supersapiens data over time (and on a bigger screen). Seeing trends is an integral part of truly understanding your glucose and how your lifestyle and daily decisions more broadly impact it.
In a recent podcast, award-winning journalist and endurance athlete, Alex Hutchinson, suggested these broader trends (over weeks and months) are of significant value—even more so than short term data, such as within the hour or minute.
Although minute-by-minute data is a powerful learning tool—being able to see how external environment factors and daily decisions such as food or walking impact your metabolism and glucose levels—we agree that longer term trends paint a better picture of how you’re progressing from a metabolic efficiency perspective.
If becoming better is your goal, then the dashboard should be your new favorite tool.
What Should You Look For On The Dashboard?
There are two main metrics to look at when analyzing your data in a longer term view. Both are key performance indicators for your overall glucose control. First, your Glucose Trace, which shows you how much time you are spending in the optimal glucose range for recovery and metabolic efficiency. Second, your Glucose Stability, which shows you how stable and controlled your glucose levels are through recovery and performance.
Whether minute-by-minute, hourly average, or monthly trend, looking at your glucose levels allows you to pinpoint times when your glucose is elevated, depressed, or unstable.
This quickly helps you identify the environmental factors (such as altitude) and the daily behaviors (such as diet and activity) that impact your metabolism and glucose control.
Within this view, you will see the Glucose Recovery Zone (70-140 mg/dL). Quickly see when and why you’re above 140 mg/dL or below 70 mg/dL.
As part of analyzing your glucose, the value is important but your stability plays a crucial role too. Stable glucose is associated with having more stable energy, performing stronger, and just feeling better.
Glucose Stability can be viewed daily or weekly. Use these insights to identify what helps you achieve more stable glucose levels—within the GRZ during recovery and within the GPZ during activity. For example, you’ll notice how increased activity can increase your glucose stability.
Looking at the weekly chart, you can start to appreciate the impact of different aspects of your lifestyle on your glucose stability.
For example, you’ll see how things like stress, travel, fasting or overindulging, and even specific aspects of your training phase stand out. You may start to see glucose instability related to periods of intensified training, or, as Lisa Norden mentioned, perhaps the impact of your altitude training camp.
The weekly view may also give insight into daily behavior changes that are harder to visualize on a daily basis, such as a new fueling strategy or adding in a supplement like creatine.
Looking at the daily chart, you’ll see the impact of specific decisions
Is there a day of the week where your stability is regularly higher? How does this relate to your normal schedule and behaviors on that day? Or perhaps it’s one day particularly, where your routine changed. Did this improve or worsen your glucose stability? For example poor sleep is something that may impact both glucose levels and glucose stability.
Similarly these patterns can be looked at for your glucose levels too.
When analyzing your glucose for any given day, the dashboard gives an easier way to visualize more data and will have events overlaid. Similarly, your events will pull data from Training Peaks or Garmin if these are connected. (Note: to pull data from Training Peaks, you will need to have a paid account).
The hourly breakdown can be used to really understand the impact of repeated training, or the bigger picture of the morning as it impacts the afternoon or evening. Similarly it can bemused to better understand the impacts of a meal on a subsequent training session.
The heat map allows you to see your Average Glucose, for each hour of the day across a selected date range. This is useful to quickly identify certain times of the day or certain days of the week (or a combination of those) where glucose is particularly high or low.
Can I Share My Glucose Data With My Coach?
To do this, will need to have set up their own Supersapiens account. Once they have done this, they will be able to access their own database, using their Supersapiens credentials.
They can then go to settings, 'My Connections' and then invite you (via the email you use for your Supersapiens account).
You will then get an email notifying you of this request, asking if you would like to grant this person access. Once you accept this, they will be able to see you data.
Can I Compare My Data With Other Supersapiens?
Yes! Using the same method as above, you can add other athletes so that you can view their data.
Takeaway: The Best Tool For Better Glucose Control
Glucose is the key metric for optimizing performance and recovery. But incorporating glucose into your daily life and training can be intimidating. And can take some time.
Start small. Look at the daily charts to see what your “normal” looks like. Use the minute-by-minute insights where things are more directly apparent, such as a heavy carb meal. Do little tests to see how different foods or ramping up intensity in a workout affect your glucose levels.
Most importantly, enjoy learning and experimenting with your glucose levels to find what works best for your body. Think of the Supersapiens Dashboard as another weapon in your arsenal, gaining powerful and unique insights into how your body works and performs en route to achieving your next goal.
Continued reading: 10 Tips For Better Glucose Control
Supporting your clients' needs and differentiating yourself from other coaches and nutritionists has never been easier. Check out our program and join the Supersapiens team today! For more questions related to the Supersapiens Dashboard, please visit our Help Center and search the FAQs.