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Old 11-10-2015, 22:16   #1
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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.?

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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.

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How do the numbers look?

Can you share with us?

I've never been asked for mine, either.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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