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Old 02-08-2012, 10:44   #1
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Hi there,

Do you keep a record of all of your BG numbers? Be it written down manually, smart phone app, on your PC or via meter dowload software.

I use to keep a record of them all but as I dont have the meter software to directly download from my meter. I now tend to just keep on note of my fasting and any PP numbers out my BG target range. Range I basically use is 3.9-7.8 (70-140) I aim for fasting <5.6 (100) my 1 hour PP <7.8 (140) note ideally I like that to be closer to a max of 7 (126) and 2 hr PP 6.8 (120) if I do better great if I dont always hit but hey its going to happen & does happen on occassion I'm diabetic.

I would add to the above if my BG were often out of range or I was on a med dose and BG's were a tad high for my liking so my meds might be increased then I would keep a couple 2 weeks of enough testing so I can discuss my BG log with my GP. I also tend to try & keep a record and a reason if my BG was out of range.

So what do you do?

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I'm only 3 months diagnosed, so am still recording most results in a paper log and transferring them to a database I created. The database has more options for test time than the log book, which has only your standard before and after breakfast, before and after lunch, before and after dinner, before supper or bed and overnight. It seems to be geared to T1 diabetics rather than T2, which is why I have altered some of the headings on each page and created my own database.

 
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I initially recorded all my BG results on paper and analysed them to try to control my diabetes. as control improved, I now file them as a CSV file only analysing those that require analysis and discarding those such as my driving BGs that are no longer needed!

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Hi there,

Do you keep a record of all of your BG numbers? Be it written down manually, smart phone app, on your PC or via meter dowload software.

I use to keep a record of them all but as I dont have the meter software to directly download from my meter. I now tend to just keep on note of my fasting and any PP numbers out my BG target range. Range I basically use is 3.9-7.8 (70-140) I aim for fasting <5.6 (100) my 1 hour PP <7.8 (140) note ideally I like that to be closer to a max of 7 (126) and 2 hr PP 6.8 (120) if I do better great if I dont always hit but hey its going to happen & does happen on occassion I'm diabetic.

I would add to the above if my BG were often out of range or I was on a med dose and BG's were a tad high for my liking so my meds might be increased then I would keep a couple 2 weeks of enough testing so I can discuss my BG log with my GP. I also tend to try & keep a record and a reason if my BG was out of range.

So what do you do?
Yes - I also record blood pressure, medication and daily carbohydrate intake. Initial entry is done manually in a nice little notebook.

Way back in Sept 2010, I hunted around for software and failed to find anything that met my need. So, I wrote the program myself.

The data is stored in a database and accessed using a C# program. Using it I can generate reports and graphs in several formats and in either French (for the doctor) or English (for me). Since I started, I've augmented the program to record my lipid profile as well.

This is one of the graphs the routine lets me generate The Diabetes Forum - Building a New Community to Serve Diabetics Online - John.in.France's Album: My Graphs - Picture

Feel free to have a look at the other samples in my album.

I have never worried about downloading directly from my meter. All the download routines seemed to insist on getting all the readings - including the faulty ones (dirty hands, duplicates ...etc). Given the quantity of data involved I decided to take the risk of input error by entering it manually myself. So far, I haven't caught myself making too many mistakes.

But you are right. Whilst I have the data going back to August 2010, the doctor is interested only in the last few weeks, so, for instance, when I go to see him next week I'll take along a print of the data for January and February. It should make him smile.

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That's nice work John you far more savvy with the fancy reports than myself.

Its nice to have a log that goes back all the way that you can look free and see BG improve or may show BG go north. But my GP would only really be interested it recent data assuming there was enough testing to look at trends etc.

But although my GP gives me a fair hearing and she hasnt shoved me out the door before I have sat down. If my BG numbers were of concern I would be pro ative and discuss and have something to shower her. But so far my A1C has been good my lipids and BP have improved greatly since dx although there were not out of lab range at dx. So she just say's keep doing what your doing and that for me is moderate carb diet to control my BG & a good helping of excercise.

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That's nice work John you far more savvy with the fancy reports than myself.

Its nice to have a log that goes back all the way that you can look free and see BG improve or may show BG go north. But my GP would only really be interested it recent data assuming there was enough testing to look at trends etc.

But although my GP gives me a fair hearing and she hasnt shoved me out the door before I have sat down. If my BG numbers were of concern I would be pro ative and discuss and have something to shower her. But so far my A1C has been good my lipids and BP have improved greatly since dx although there were not out of lab range at dx. So she just say's keep doing what your doing and that for me is moderate carb diet to control my BG & a good helping of excercise.
I've used the exercise to hone my skills. I'm currently using version 8 of the program and running out of ideas of things to tweak! The database structure has also changed several times in the process. Most of the changes I'm currently making are aimed at eliminating clumsy first try structures.

What it has proved to me is the impact that high blood sugar has on the ability to concentrate. Two years ago I could not have found the energy to do this much coding (and analysis) - now, it's straightforward.

It's a good exercise - have a go yourself - Microsoft's Visual Studio Express with their SQL database is free to download and it does work quite well once you get your head round it!

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I've never recorded a single number. The meter I use will not do averages, just reads back previous results, but oncs you hit 50 readings you throw the meter away and purchase a new one. I'm more interested in the present, but I mentally keep track of the past.

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It's a good exercise - have a go yourself - Microsoft's Visual Studio Express with their SQL database is free to download and it does work quite well once you get your head round it!
It's a small maybe this years new years resolution is going well which was to do more excercise & increase excercise intensity. That's going well but for doing something like you have done with that program it looks good dont get me wrong but it's not relly my cup of tea I feel.

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It's a small maybe this years new years resolution is going well which was to do more excercise & increase excercise intensity. That's going well but for doing something like you have done with that program it looks good dont get me wrong but it's not relly my cup of tea I feel.
In fairness I did spend twenty years of my working life as a systems analyst. I actually got the job because they decided that the poacher better become a gamekeeper. Way back in the early 80's we introduced PCs for the first time. They were only supposed to run "official" programs but I insisted on writing my own (rather crude) routines to generate a print of our weekly sales figures.

One day, one of the systems managers in London had a look at one of my programs and said
  • "John, I can enter month number 14 here. " .
  • I said "but I know there's only twelve months in a year".
  • He said, "you can't rely on a user knowing that."
So I wrote some validation - that worked - and a few days later sent him the revised program. A couple of months later, I got offered the job in London with a full re-location deal in the mix. Coincidence? Maybe, but I took the job!

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I did 5 years ago in the beginning, but I stopped because I found I was getting obsessive about it. I would keep everything in a binder with the exact foods I ate, the exact exercise and my BP and BG's. My meter now, does do averages if I want to. It has the capacity to download but I don't even do that everymore. I think you will drive yourself nuts sometimes if you are overly obsessive about this.

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