What I Learned From Wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor as a Non-Diabetic

Mehdi Yacoubi
Vital Health
Published in
11 min readMay 27, 2020

My CGM Experiment: I was shocked by what I saw!

A man wearing a CGM

A month ago, I decided to try wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor to check my blood glucose levels, despite not suffering from any health condition.

I thought I was going to have great blood glucose. I mean, I’m a pretty healthy guy, I take care of myself, I pay attention to what I eat, I exercise. Imagine my surprise when I realized that some “healthy” foods I have been eating were actually destroying my blood glucose and that the situation was not as good as I had expected!

In the first few paragraphs of this article, you’ll find some basic information about CGM. If you want to skip that part and go straight to what I discovered, go “The Experiment” section.

Keep in mind that the insights I discovered are individual. What works for me might not work for you, and you might find different results. The value lies in personal research!

Let’s dive in!

Why did I wear a CGM?

You can’t be passive if you want to be healthy. Good health is not something that just happens. For me, health requires mindful practice, not too crazy, that prevents future problems.

I started being interested in tracking health data a few years ago. First, I started tracking some basics: calories, heath beat, daily activity. I realized that the most important thing for optimizing your health is to obtain as accurate data as possible. To get better, you need to know where you stand and what is it exactly you’ll need to work on.

My reasons for doing this experiment:

  1. I was curious to see my blood glucose levels, especially after I realized how important they are for overall health and longevity.
  2. I have a history of type 2 diabetes in my family.
  3. I wanted to see my body’s response to particular foods and understand whether there’s a specific food that is damaging my health.
  4. General curiosity about health optimization and technology!

How does it work?

Mehdi Yacoubi
Vital Health

Co-Founder at joinvitalhealth.com— Interested in health, longevity, nutrition & self-exp. Weekly thoughts on health & wellness: https://thelonggame.xyz/