Recording Your Blood Sugar Levels
Part 1 of the "Blood Sugar Control" series.
A single blood sugar test will give you an idea of what is happening in your body, but it will not give you all of the information about your diabetes. That is because your blood sugar result may be affected by the time of day, whether it is before or after a meal, and other factors. Each test adds to the information you and your healthcare team can use to determine if any part of your care plan needs to be adjusted.
After all, a high or low blood sugar result is not a judgment against you. It is just data—valuable data that can help you identify meaningful patterns in your blood sugar levels.
In the past, people have relied on handwritten self-monitoring logs to track their results, calculate averages and identify trends. Today, there are more advanced ways to learn from your blood sugar test results. Many manufacturers of blood glucose meters now offer computer software programs that allow you to track your daily blood sugar levels, compare them to personal targets and generate easy-to-read graphs and charts to help you interpret the results.
Many software programs offer:
- Thorough reports. There are a variety of graphs and charts available, allowing you to decide how you want information displayed.
- Complete customization. By answering a few simple questions, you can set up a personalized report detailing your targets, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia ranges, insulin types, mealtimes, preferences and more.
- Direct interface. This allows you to download your latest blood sugar values from your blood sugar meter to a computer. It saves time and may eliminate human error.