The importance of recording your blood glucose
Log books and data collection are a crucial part of keeping your diabetes under control. When you write down the number it is easier to see your blood sugar patterns and know when you are on target or, conversely, why you are not on target. For most people, trying to remember multiple blood sugar numbers and what was happening at the same time as the blood sugar check is difficult and often inaccurate.
In addition to the blood sugar result, it is important to record your insulin dose, food and carbohydrate intake, and activity level. Ask you doctor for blood sugar monitoring and log book recommendations that are specific for you.
Intensive Insulin Therapy Logbook
The intensive insulin therapy log book captures the most important variables that affect the blood sugar, including:
- Time of day
- Blood sugar level,
- Amount of carbohydrate or sugar eaten
- Food diary
- Type and dose of medications or insulin
- Type and duration of exercise
- Any other unusual events such as medications or stresses
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