If you are a diabetic in India and do not have the resources to pay for a CGM (continuous glucose monitor), then this post will help you understand how to manage your diabetes without spending too much money on these devices. Your cost for each Freestyle Libre Pro Glucose Monitor (FGM) will be about Rs 1999.
When you get your first Libre Pro monitor, do not change your diet and exercise.
Maintain a food and exercise diary and note the timings of your meals, exercise and when you take your insulin/medications.
Before using the 2nd FGM, go to to a gym/ yoga instructor/exercise professional and join some class to get into better shape/build muscle, lose some fat.
Once you have enrolled, use the 2nd FGM after a month. This will give you an idea of how exercise can control your blood sugars.
Before using the 3rd FGM, go to a nutritionist/informed doctor and get a low-carb diet advice. A few days after you start the low-carb diet, use the 3rd FGM. You will get a good idea of how exercise and low-carb help your body manage diabetes.
Give a time gap of 2 months between your 3rd and 4th FGM.
Before you use your 4th FGM, ask your nutritionist/doctor for advice on a keto diet.
Switch to a keto diet 5-6 days before using your 4th FGM.
Since you burn fat and not glucose on a keto diet, you will now be able to see how stable your blood sugars are. You will also need to adjust your medications once you’re doing keto.
At the end of using your 4th FGM, you will have an excellent idea of how diet and exercise affect your blood sugars and you can accordingly make the appropriate lifestyle choices that will keep your blood sugars in the normal range.
To find a doctor and have the sensor installed in your city (in India), join this whatsapp group (phone required).