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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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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