Diabetes is fast becoming a national epidemic. In order for individuals to get the disease under control, they should work closely with their doctors and track their own glucose levels. Develop a process that allows you the opportunity to track your levels several times during the day.
Logbook and pencil OR
Spreadsheet program (such as Excel)
- Talk to your doctor. Every case of diabetes differs. Talk to your doctor to determine when and how often you need to test your glucose.
- Test consistently. Using your glucose monitor, test your blood sugar levels 2 to 4 times daily.
- Decide how you will record your testing. Options include a handwritten logbook, a computer spreadsheet or an online service. Each of these options provides a benefit so choose the one that’s the most convenient for you. A handwritten logbook can go with you wherever you are and may be convenient for recording data. A spreadsheet is good because it can be used to do calculations if you need them. There are online options that offer software you can use to track online or download to track from your computer at home. The benefit of one of these software options is that they have created the tracking log for you with all the columns you need. Some also provide charts and graphs to illustrate your progress and help you spot trends.
- Create the log record. Using either a notebook and pencil or a computer spreadsheet program, create a log to track your data. Create headings to record the date and time of each test. It’s a good idea to track meals and physical activity early after your diagnosis. Add a header for notes so you can record your feelings and any issues you have between readings. You may also record how you treat any low tests so you can track what works and what does not.
- Keep accurate records. The only way to use a log to get your diabetes under control is to keep accurate and timely records. By doing this, you will be able to spot and track trends.
No matter which method you choose to create your glucose level file, make it one that is convenient so you will remember to use it. There’s no benefit to creating a log unless you use it regularly. Use the file and your glucose meter to track your progress and be upfront with your doctor about any bad days or noticeable trends.