Women’s glucose levels dip lower than men’s after exercise, study finds

As real-time continuous glucose monitors become a more established tech, new research is delving into the data they can provide

A male cyclist using the Supersapiens glucose monitor
(Image credit: Andy Turner)

A new study has looked at how factors such as age, gender and body weight affect the glucose levels of healthy individuals during exercise.

It found that women’s glucose levels after exercise were lower compared to men’s - and that people aged 20-39 had more instances of very low glucose levels compared to both younger (under 20) and older (older 65) cohorts.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg