All glucose spikes represent an increase of glucose in circulation, but spikes are not all the same. Spikes look different and have different drivers and impacts. Some spikes are harmful, like large spikes following meals rich in sugar and starch or large and sustained spikes from chronic stress. Some spikes are beneficial,like the spikes that can occur during an intense workout. During exercise, the liver will sometimes release more glucose into circulation than the muscle can absorb resulting in a transient glucose spike. The net effect of this exercise is beneficial to your metabolism and exercise-associated Lingo Counts shouldn’t count against you. If you log exercise, or your Health Kit indicates exercise coinciding with this spike, Lingo Counts for this spike will be set to zero and no counts will be added to your daily total.
Overheating your Lingo sensor can also cause the reported glucose value to rise temporarily even though your actual glucose is unchanged. This can occur during a prolonged hot bath, shower or sauna. If you feel like the spike is incorrect you can remove the Lingo Count value from your graph and from your daily total. Just:
- Tap the + button below the spike
- Select “remove Lingo Counts.”