Levels

3.4 7 Reviews

Levels makes continuous glucose monitors to provide real-time feedback on how your diet impacts your health.

Levels Reviews

Levels reviews

3.43

57% of reviewers would recommend to a friend

7 reviews

3 years ago

Got an opportunity to try out Levels a little while back. The hardware isn't unique to Levels (as they're using FreeStyle Libre CGM sensors), but I appreciated the (re)packaging and onboarding as I wasn't familiar with CGM sensors prior. I was a bit concerned about the application process and if the sensor would be uncomfortable, but it was easy to apply and non-obtrusive. I liked the ability to get rapid feedback and to better understand how my body was impacted by glucose and how exercise also came into play. Levels provide a lot of information and content via their app, which I found to be helpful. They also have an active Facebook community for those who want to interact with others using Levels, which can be quite handy.

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On the flipside, the amount of information available felt a bit overwhelming at times. I felt like I needed a tad bit more guidance on what to read and when, and I wish the app could interpret my data and provide more customized recommendations on what I could/should change. Would also note that it's a bit pricey at the moment, but they've acknowledged that before, and I know they're working on that.

2 years ago

It has been so helpful to understand how different foods affect my glucose and contribute to my metabolic health. I love all the features, including comparing different foods (with scores). I love that you can take pictures and that it will give you some general information on learning about metabolic health. I've done extensive research on this topic, so I felt like I knew how to combine foods in different ways to make sure I was controlling spikes, but I wonder if the average consumer is aware. I'm also trying out their nutritionist offerings.

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Giving it a 4/5 because of the price. I really hope something like this can be available to the masses one day, but right now the price is really high. However, I do find it worth the money for at least a few months. I'm worried about the LTV value of customers if they only use it for a few months to get a baseline.

2 years ago

Gave me a great sense of what works and doesn’t work good wise. Really impressive.

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Needing two apps and reliance on Abbott not ideal, but not the worst thing ever.

6 months ago

The good: it keeps me accountable because I can see exactly what’s happening in my body if I choose to have 2 or three pieces of cake. The result is not good….. I get a daily email analysis of what happened the previous day. The articles are helpful on the app. The Bad: it’s really expensive and I need to do more checking but when you sign up, be aware that they are gathering all kinds of data for their own advantage. When you sign up, you sign a document agreeing to share everything with them. It’s probably anonymous but still they are gathering loads of information for their science experiment. This bothers me because I’m paying an awful LOT every month to hand over my data for their clinical trial. I need to contact them and verify what they’re gathering but I’m sure I signed something that requires me to share information. If the objective is to collect data, then shouldn’t they be charging less or even paying us?? I’m just curious about all the data they’re gathering. Also, if they’re gathering this information, they ought to make it public on a regular basis. I’m going to write to them and ask for clarity on the document that participants are required to sign and what is the purpose. I’d rather not pay $200/month in order for a private company to gather all this information on how food is affecting blood sugar in the general population. That’s extremely valuable information and why should they have access to all of it for their own financial gain? I purposely don’t list exact ingredients or take pictures. I just list enough information so it is helpful to me. They have messages encouraging uses to be very specific so they can “provide a more accurate analysis” of how the meal is affecting me but I’m not convinced that it’s for my benefit. I’m more inclined to believe that it’s for their massive database of information. I think Dr. Casey Means is making out quite well with her Levels Health project. Just know what you’re signing up for.

a year ago

There is no real reason to spend the extra $100-200 for this app. It is just an Dexcom G6 monitor, and I find the Dexcom Clarity app a much more useful and informative app anyway. Very disappointed in myself that I got duped by a few podcaster sponsorships into spending the extra money when I could have just had my doctor prescribe a Dexcom device directly. It would have likely been covered by insurance as well, if I'd gone that route. Once I got the package and realized what it was, I was even more disappointed in how misleading their website is by making it look like the branded patch is actually the device when all it really is is a way for them to advertise themselves on your arm and cover up the CGM that they actually ship you. To be clear Levels does not "make" a glucose monitor, you are simply paying them for their app.

a year ago

I've been using Levels with a Dexcom/G6 for a couple months now. I'm not diabetic - using it to optimize my food choices and hold me accountable. The app is really nice and the support is great. Unfortunately, the Dexcom readings are consistently 20+ points higher than my Keto-Mojo Glucometer (which is calibrated and uses blood droplets). So...for example, this morning I was fasted 19 hours and Levels told me my glucose was 125. When I used the Glucometer, it read 104. For someone that isn't diabetic, this is the difference between normal and unhealthy.

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It's objectionable to me that for $200 per/month, the Levels/Dexcom isn't more accurate. My doctor was skeptical about me using this given its measurement approach. I think it's fine for detecting trends and for diabetics this is important (and for them, the need a Glucometer anyway!). I had to invest in a Glucometer just to validate my belief that the Dexcom was considerably off target. I understand both devices are imperfect when compared with a formal blood draw/test, but c'mon. My bottomline: Levels should be more upfront with its non-diabetic population about the accuracy (and need to calibrate, which involves a Glucometer). Dexcom claims the devices are calibrated using the 4 digit code you enter (and then it "warms up" for 2 hours to calibrate as well?). I understand the excitement to use this tech casually, but it's actually caused me more grief. Love the concept, don't think the tech is insanely great for non diabetics, sorry.