Is the Supersapiens / Freestyle Libre Continuous Blood Glucose Monitor (CGM) useful for the Athlete?

There’s a lot of hype surrounding continuous blood glucose monitors (CGM), especially when it comes to health, performance and exercise. The new Supersapiens device looks promising, but I’ve picked up a few queries about it. Here’s what I think, where I think the device falls down, and what I think it do in the future.

Writing Anew – The Elephant in the Room – What’s this blog even for?

This is my first blog back – and it’s about how I plan to write blogs more regularly! Life’s been busy and time has swept away, but I’ve missed writing and want to return to it. How can we use the SMART tool to understand what stops me, or helps me, to write better?

The Porridge Experiment: Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) to test my blood glucose after eating Oats and Peanut Butter for breakfast.

People often worry about high carb meals, high fat meals, or not doing enough exercise. I thought I’d do an experiment that measures my glucose while comparing all three – porridge with and without peanut butter, with rest or exercise. What did the CGM tell me? Read on to find out!

Freestyle libre front side and oblique view continuous glucose monitor

Practical Experiences, Advantages and Limitations of Measuring Blood Glucose using a Freestyle Libre Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM).

What’s it like using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)?
We’ll explore the practicalities, advantages and limitations of having a Continuous Glucose Monitor placed on your arm or tummy. Is it worth the time, cost and hassle?

Deep Work by Cal Newport on a Kindle

Applying Lessons From ‘Deep Work’ By Cal Newport To Medicine And Living (Or How The Way You Work Can Create Greater Performance, Satisfaction And Career Prospects)

I’ve recently read ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport. I think that the book’s message is valuable to everyone, but in this (long) blog, I want to show how employing dedicated Deep Work is essential for a fulfilling career in medicine (and yet is difficult to achieve).

Can We Use Digital Technologies to Alleviate Loneliness in Hospitals?

The hospital I am working in is rapidly embracing digital tech to prepare for Covid-19. I wrote a blog, published online with the BMJ, to highlight that there are still some important areas, for example at the end of life, in which we need to improve communication. I am very excited to have had some of my writing featured!!