We think about maximising athletic performance in two categories: On-Hours and Off-Hours.
On-Hours = training or performance. Off-Hours = recovery and preparation.
In this article, we'll discuss:
- What is Average Glucose?
- How do I interpret the data to see what is good or bad for me?
- How do I set a Target Average to help manage my intra-day behavior?
What is Average Glucose?
Average Glucose represents your average glucose level over time, and is a key metric you can use to track long-term changes in your overall glucose management and manage your total Glucose Exposure. Average Glucose is summarised by a single number that is not significantly affected by spikes and dips. Is therefore a stable representation of your long-term glucose level, through both On- and Off-Hours.
How do I interpret the data to see what is good or bad for me?
A rising Average Glucose might reflect a higher carbohydrates intake or a lack of physical activity in general (endurance and low-intensity exercise such as walking would reduce your average). Scientific evidence also shows how a higher Average Glucose usually implies a higher postprandial glucose response. Taken together, high Average Glucose might be associated with the tendency of the body to store nutrients rather than utilising it.
A dropping Average Glucose level might signal a lower carbohydrates intake, a higher consumption of fat and dietary fibers and a more volume-based exercise routine. Collectively, a low Average Glucose might signal that the body sits in a more consumption metabolic tone.
How do I set a Target Average to help manage my intra-day behavior?
On your Average Glucose card, you can set a Target Average goal. (Hint: you can also manage this on the Glucose Exposure card, since Average and Exposure are inherently linked). This value will set the parameters of your Glucose Exposure chart for easy intra-day management of your total glucose exposure and average glucose level. You can learn more about Glucose Exposure here.
Every morning, check your Average Glucose to see how you are trending over time. Throughout the day and week, monitor your number to make sure you are staying on track with your training and recovery goals.
- Use Average Glucose to monitor your total Glucose Exposure.
- Set a Target Average to have an actionable goal each day.
Generally, our users set their Target Average somewhere between 90 and 100 mg/dL.
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- González-Rodríguez, M., Pazos-Couselo, M., García-López, J. M., Rodríguez-Segade, S., Rodríguez-García, J., Túñez-Bastida, C., & Gude, F. (2019). Postprandial glycemic response in a non-diabetic adult population: the effect of nutrients is different between men and women. Nutrition & Metabolism, 16(1), 46.