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What is sugar surfing in diabetes?

“Sugar surfing” allows someone with diabetes to manage the ups and downs of their blood sugar levels in response to a variety of different circumstances. It refers to dynamic (or constant change) diabetes management in contrast to what most of us have been taught, namely static (or lacking in change) diabetes management. Surfing is something that can only be done well by a human being. A machine cannot be trained to sugar surf…at least not yet.

The reason for sugar surfing is straightforward: diabetes self-care is part reactive and part proactive. Sugar surfing helps you better understand how to make the best use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) or any other method of frequently collected blood sugar information. A CGM device, for example, shows the changes of blood sugar levels throughout the day. This approach provides a platform upon which to make thoughtful decisions about food, insulin, exercise and even stress management “in the moment.” Almost any of the ever present forces that influence your blood sugar level can be managed with sugar surfing principles.

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