what's the best way to keep track of BS to show dr.?

Go Back   The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online > Diabetes Forum Community > Diabetes

Diabetes This section of the forum can be used to discuss anything and everything to do with Diabetes. Please use this general Diabetes section for any comments or discussions that don't fit into the more specific forum categories below. Please also ensure that all posts and threads are on topic, about Diabetes.

Like Tree16Likes

what's the best way to keep track of BS to show dr.?

Closed Thread
Shared Thread Thread Tools
Old 11-10-2015, 22:16   #1
Active Member
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: IN-USA
Posts: 29

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2012

6 likes received
Default what's the best way to keep track of BS to show dr.?

I am new on this diabetic journey and started eating low carb, exercising and taking my BS levels several times a day, in hopes of getting my A1C down before I go see the nurse practitioner in January. I have been keeping track in a notebook of what I eat and my BS levels and my exercising but I would like to put it together better so that I have something that can be easily read by the dr. when I go back. Is there some kind of form available that I can print off copies and I can just enter the information? How does everyone else keep track of this kind of stuff to show the dr.?

zinger60 is offline  
Old 11-10-2015, 22:42   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: United States
Posts: 1,354

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 1993

2016 likes received
293 likes given

I have never had a doctor look at my diet or blood sugars. I have sent the endo numbers every 3 days to make adjustments to insulin. I'm sure you don't want to tell the dietician what ur eating either, because they just tell me I'm not eating enough carbs which goes in one ear and out the other.

macksvicky and MaJoie like this.

View Roxanne0312's full Diabetes Forum profile here.
Roxanne0312 is offline  
Old 11-10-2015, 23:22   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 970

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 1990

1389 likes received
1366 likes given

How do the numbers look?

Can you share with us?

I've never been asked for mine, either.

1. Accu-Chek Advantage
2. Accu-Chek Compact
3. Accu-Chek Compact Plus (2007-2013)
4. Bayer Contour USB (2013-2015)
5 Bayer Contour Next USB (2015- )
RCG is offline  
Old 11-10-2015, 23:23   #4
Senior Member
walkerwally1's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: United States, California
Posts: 3,831

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 1993

5377 likes received
4508 likes given

My Glucose Meter connects to my computer and will print out a report however a hand written log or an Excel spreadsheet would be just fine. Unfortunately, in my experience, the majority of doctors will not pay any attention to your efforts. I have presented logs to doctors before and they have totally ignored them. They will base any of the treatment they decide on by the A1c and fasting glucose from your blood test. If your doctor is a cut above the norm and really wants to see a log then any hand written report will do. All you need is the date, time of day and whether the reading is fasting, before eating or after eating.

macksvicky likes this.

View walkerwally1's full Diabetes Forum profile here.

The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it"
walkerwally1 is offline  
Old 11-11-2015, 00:10   #5
VeeJay's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Midwest USA
Posts: 9,415

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2010

11984 likes received
4455 likes given

I've never been asked, either. I really don't think most doctors know enough about the day-to-day tracking of blood sugar to make any useful judgment even if they are given a log.

If your doctor didn't ask for a log, I wouldn't offer it. You probably won't get the response you're looking for.

However, if you tell us what your levels have been, when you test, etc. etc., we're going to either rejoice with you, or suggest ways to make improvements.

macksvicky likes this.
My low-carb recipe collection on Pinterest
70 yrs. Dx May 2010
Diet controlled: VLC/HF
BG steady with no highs or lows.
A1C in the 5% range.
Gluten intolerant, sensitive to dairy & eggs.
Eat no grains
VeeJay is offline  
Old 11-11-2015, 00:50   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Iowa, USA
Posts: 297

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2003

312 likes received
594 likes given

I think that most doctors will not even look at your readings, unless something is wrong with your A1c. This means if your A1c goes from 6.5 to 8.5, they may ask if you have a log.

I have always had a doctor, actually an endocrinologist that asked me for my meter and had her nurse pull the last month's readings. My VA (veterans) doctor does the same so I would consider myself and my doctors an exception to what generally happens.

macksvicky likes this.
DX 10/03 - T2 - Lantus/Novolog
RobertIA is offline  
Old 11-11-2015, 03:10   #7
skb's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Mumbai, INDIA
Posts: 2,680

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2007

4080 likes received
2435 likes given

I use an excel sheet as well. The data can be easily converted to a chart / graph which is what would interest the Dr more than just a cluster of numbers.

macksvicky likes this.
A1c ~ 5.4
Follow LC/HF diet since Aug 2010
Control only with diet/exercise. No meds.

Blog - Metabolically Challenged
skb is offline  
Old 11-11-2015, 08:53   #8
Active Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 8,607

10903 likes received
1862 likes given

Like SKB, I generate a schedule of my blood glucose and blood pressure readings that I produce on each visit to the doctor. I use a database routine to store and report them since that allows me to swap language as needed and graph results when useful.

macksvicky likes this.
John.in.France is offline  
Old 11-11-2015, 14:30   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: USA
Posts: 1,852

Member Type
Type 2
Diagnosed in 2002

2381 likes received
1560 likes given

My doctor's office can only automate certain types of meters. Mine is not one of them, so I bring in my log book, which the photocopy my updates while I am with the doctor. Not very modern, but it works. I keep the log book with all my notes regarding what I ate, illness, etc. that may be impacting my BS entries....

I guess I could do this on my PC or Phone...but I am still a bit old fashion.

div2live is offline  
Old 11-11-2015, 17:29   #10
Senior Member
bignick's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Holladay, Utah
Posts: 1,222

Member Type
Type Undiagnosed
Diagnosed in 2012

2528 likes received
559 likes given

My doc is not interested in my day to day numbers as others have stated. I do give him a report at every visit with my eating habits, details about my exercise and maybe monthly FBG averages. I also give him a recent A1c, lipid and or cardio profile. I also note how I feel overall, energy levels, any issues or problems I may have that I would forget to mention at an appointment.

Feb '18 A1c 5.2
Feb '18 Lab Results
Chol 262
HDL 45
Trig 108
LDL 194
Insulin 4.7 (2.0-19.6)
11/15/17 30 Day FBG average 109

Male 68 157 lbs. 6'

Self diagnosed 11/'13, eating LCHF, Ketogenic. My Cardiologist is trying to help me manage my BG levels as I have no PCP
bignick is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back on track jbardellini Diabetes Treatment 3 03-13-2014 12:00
No Track Search Engines Gizmo Diabetes Forum Lounge 5 06-11-2013 22:11
Help me get back on track! 3babygirls Diabetes 11 04-09-2013 19:58
Time to get on track kelee New Member Introductions 2 02-05-2012 15:24
On the right track? SandraO Diabetes Diet and Nutrition 2 05-10-2011 21:33

By using this Website, you agree to abide by our Terms and Conditions (the "Terms"). This notice does not replace our Terms, which you must read in full as they contain important information. You must not post any defamatory, unlawful or undesirable content, or any content copied from a third party, on the Website. You must not copy material from the Website except in accordance with the Terms. This Website gives users an opportunity to share information only and is not intended to contain any advice which you should rely upon. It does not replace the need to take professional or other advice. We have no liability to you or any other person in respect of any content on this Website.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:52.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.