By the Numbers: What to Look for in Phase 2
Dec. 20 2022
Phase 2: Identify Glucose Spikes
What am I looking for?
- Glucose Spikes – Blood glucose readings above 180 mg/dL
- Symptoms of High Blood Glucose (Hyperglycemia) – increased thirst/ hunger, increased frequency of urination, blurry vision, nausea, headaches.
- Symptoms of Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia) — When glucose falls below 70 mg/dL, you may be experiencing a dangerous condition called hypoglycemia. If you have repeated hypoglycemic episodes as you observe your CGM, contact your care team immediately. If you are taking medications, they may need to be adjusted. (Learn more about hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia in these Patient Safety Warnings.)
Where am I looking?
- Find the Daily Glucose Graphic on the Dexcom G6 app.
- Flip your phone horizontally to see 24 hours of glucose data.
- Notice times where glucose levels rise above 180 mg/dL (use the key to the side of the numbers on G6 as a reference).
See the graphics below for guidance:
What am I doing?
Set the high blood glucose alert on the G6 app. Here’s how:
- Click settings ->Alerts -> High -> Turn high alert -> Notify me above 180 mg/dL -> Repeat-never
See the graphics below for more guidance:
- Review the “Daily Glucose” graph once a day for 10 days
- Journal: Write 3-5 things that spiked your glucose in the Phase 2 Journal provided in your welcome kit every day for 10 days
- Notice what time your glucose spikes occur.
- Identify behaviors and habits that are leading to glucose spikes, for example:
- Eating carb-heavy meals
- Nighttime snacking
- Eating too close to bedtime
- Being sedentary after meals
- Learn how your CGM can help you act to identify and stop glucose spikes. Watch this video.
- Read about the reasons your glucose might be spiking.
- Learn about why your glucose may spike in the morning after sleep.
- Learn how to set goals.
- Connect with your Level2 Care Team through the Level2 app. We’re here to help!
How do I lower my blood glucose?
That’s covered in more detail in the next phase, but if you want to get ahead, read these summaries on two medical strategies we use to help Level2 members: