Quantified Diabetes

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"Quantified Diabetes" (QD) is the pseudonym of a self researcher that has shared various self experiments, primarily focused on using blood glucose tracking to study the effects of foods in the context of Type 2 diabetes. Experiments are primarily shared on a personal blog, and via links to these entries within a subforum on Reddit.

Self Researcher Infobox
Related tool(s) FreeStyle Freedom Lite, FreeStyle Libre
Related topic(s) Diabetes, Blood glucose tracking


About[edit | edit source]

According to a post in January 2020, QD developed Type 2 diabetes at the age of 29. QD decided to engage in self-tracking and self experimentation at the age of 38 in the hopes of improving managing the condition, as well as hopefully collaborating with others that have similar interests.

Self Experimentation[edit | edit source]

QD's experiments have a strong focus on rigor, with attention to controlling for various variables. In particular, food test experiments are conducted in the context of an extended overnight fast, skipping "breakfast", testing a single ingredient in place of a typical "lunch", and observing blood sugar response.

Blood Glucose Experiments[edit | edit source]

Influenced in particular by Dr. Bernstein's book, Diabetes Solution, QD became interested in the effects of specific food ingredients and "low carb" foods.

Experiments related to blood glucose & impact of foods and behavior
Topic Date Description Blog link(s) Reddit link(s)
Device testing and calibration 2020-01-20 Testing reproducibility of FreeStyle Freedom Lite glucose measurements. Experiment #1: Measurement Reporducibility
Data observation 2021-01-27 Testing frequent measurements during a 48 hour period, to see what this looks like. Experiment #2: 48 Hours of Blood Sugar Tracking
Effect of exercise 2021-02-02 Follow up based on seeing "sharp drops" after cardio exercise in 48 data data. Experiment #3: Exercise Effect Glucose Tracking to Determine the Effect of Exercise
Effect of hot showers (group experiment) 2021-02-01 to 2021-02-16 Small group experiment testing effect of hot showers on blood glucose, based on a Reddit post (by someone else) reporting an effect.
Effect of 24 Hour fast 2021-02-09 Testing effect of 24 hour fast. Experiment #4: Tracking blood sugar during a 24 hour fast Questions from tracking blood sugar while Fasting
Effect of Food Ingredients on Blood Glucose 2021-02-22 Experiment design, using a FreeStyle Libre. Protocol includes skipping breakfast and replacing lunch with tested ingredient. Please Critique my Experiment Design: Measuring the Effect of Low-carb Ingredients on Blood Sugar Please Critique my Experiment Design: Measuring the Effect of Low-carb Ingredients on Blood Sugar
Effect of Food Ingredients on Blood Glucose 2021-03-01 Testing fasting protocol for establishing baseline blood sugar. Effect of Food Ingredients on Blood Glucose: Establishing a Baseline Effect of Food Ingredients on Blood Glucose: Establishing a Baseline

Other Self Research[edit | edit source]

Other self research includes collective research into the effect of hot showers on blood glucose, as well as intervention to potentially improve sleep quality.

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2022-04-21 Self-Research Chat