What is the blood sugar sensor for?
Your blood sugar sensor automatically checks your blood sugar levels every 15 minutes to give an accurate picture of your blood sugar responses. Your responses will be compared to thousands of other people who joined our PREDICT studies or purchased the product, and ate the exact same muffins under the same conditions. This allows us to measure your blood sugar control in a standardized way. The blood sugar sensor gives us a precise picture of your blood sugar curves for all meals, and helps us gives you a more accurate assessment of your blood sugar.
With an accurate assessment of your blood sugar control, we are able to predict your blood sugar levels and spikes for any meal. Your blood sugar responses to all the foods that you log will also be used to further personalize your recommendations to those specific foods in the future, as more and more people contribute their data. When you test foods you are specifically interested in, it enables you to find the answer for yourself, and everyone else too.
Blood sugar is important, but only one part of the story
Your blood sugar responses are important to personalizing your recommendations, but they are not the only measure that is taken into account. Here's why:
1. There is more to your biology than only blood sugar
While keeping your spikes and dips to a minimum is important, there is more to your nutritional health than just your blood sugar control. Your blood sugar control alone does not take into account how a food may impact your blood fat levels or your gut health. This is why our scores combine all these factors to give you recommendations that take into account these other aspects of your biology.
2. A lot of factors influence your blood sugar response
Let's pretend this was your blood sugar response to a simple sandwich.
Now look at what happens to your blood sugar response to the exact same meal if you did some exercise after eating.
Your curve would become smaller as exercise, or activity in general, can blunt your blood sugar responses.
Now let's see what happens if you slept badly the night before.
Your curve is likely to be larger as bad sleep can cause your blood sugar levels to spike.
What about if you ate the same meal, but you also ate something else just before it?
Your sandwich (second meal) would cause a bigger spike in your blood sugar compared to if you ate it while you were fasted. What you eat before a meal and how long before can both impact your blood sugar response.
For all these reasons, your blood sugar measurements to the meals you log may not give the whole picture. That's why we use your standardized muffin test to help predict your responses to all foods, even those you didn't test.