Thursday, May 05, 2011

keeping blood sugar logs & records

i've recently discovered something super duper helpful in my journey to improve my diabetes management, lower my hbA1c and generally just feel better... blood sugar journals!


well, yes, it may be a very time-consuming practice, and for many years i just 'couldn't be bothered' but, it really does make a difference! and there's so much you can work out from this tiny little book, which happens to be so wonderfully tiny and portable, and contain a row for everything you would want to write down like ketones, set change, basal rate, correction bolus, exercise, illness, food, etc...

find out more from my latest video on my youtube channel, notjustapples:




please comment below to let everyone know how you log your blood sugar levels throughout the day...

5 comments:

The DL said...

I wish I just didn't hate writing everything down. I found myself never keeping it up. It is really helpful though! I hope you keep it up! I just download all my info now and I find it much easier for myself.

Michael Hoskins said...

Great vlog post! You're absolutely right, that logging is such a pain and lot to do. But I find it really helps me stay accountable exactly because I'm logging everything at the time of testing rather than waiting for another time and writing everything down after the fact. Keeps me on top of it. Lately, I've been using the MM Carelink program and, while it's handy and offers good analysis and tracking, it doesn't give me that same "accountability" factor as I have with personally writing everything down as I go. I had to create my own spreadsheets to get the most comprehensive and presentable format, for the same reason you describe. The little logbooks are good to tote around, and I've found the MM pump ones are the best of them all. Thanks for sharing this!

Bec said...

Great work on keeping up your log book. It took me long time to get in a routine of logging my numbers and other relevent info but I found once I was in a routine of doing it, I kept it up. Thanks for sharing your tips!

Craig and Lindsay Winder said...

I just found out on mothers day that my two year old has type one diabetes. He got the flu the day we came home from the hospital and just when we had his carb counting and corrections figured out (which is hard with a two year old knowing what he will eat) we changed to sick days decreasing his lantis 24 hour insulin from 5 units to 3 units and just correcting. He was low for three days and we were very scared not knowing what to give him because he wouldn't eat or drink. He is still on 3 units of lantis but I am sitting here with him and he is at 500 so now high again... Reading your blog has given me hope that we will make it through this, an insite on how he might feel when he is low, and I couldn't help but cry while I read your letter to your mum ;) Thank you this blog is truely a blessing and speaks for my two year old son when he can't. I have been logging in a journal on the front it says, where hope grows, miricles blossom. Take care. Much love.

Liz said...

I rarely update my book particularly now I have one I don't like however recently i've started to log everything on an excel chart and have averages and everything!
I started it through my exams and it seems to be a bit of a habit :)
However i'd like to know what book this is you use? It does look very conveniant!