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Old 06-19-2018, 17:33   #1
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Default Diabetes "tools".

I didn't specifically see an area for this, to please move this post if necessary.

Since I didn't see anything specific, what tools are being used to help fight the battle?

For example, I recently started using My Fitness Pal again to track everything I eat and drink on a daily basis. At first it was a little inconvenient to have to log everything, but now it's second nature. I get a quick glance of the calories/sodium/protein/etc in my daily intake. I was rather surprised to see just how big an impact a small change can be.

I'm also an Apple Watch wearer and usually hit my move, exercise and stand goals daily.

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Old 06-19-2018, 19:08   #2
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The tools I use are my meter and the internet.

On the internet I have learned what is a good BG range and what could happen if I get outside that range. I've also learned that not everything that can be done to keep one in that range is always good, some things, mainly the prescribed drugs, may be causing more harm than good. My personal preference is to best manage by diet and exercise alone and minimize the use of meds.

Most of my learning of managing my diabetes has come from this forum and the sites recommended on it. I do not take anything that I've seen mentioned here for granted, other than personal testimonies, and use the internet to further research. I have found for the most part, that further search usually only substantiated what I got from here and the recommended sites.

I had My Fitness Pal and a BG tracking app when I first started here on the forum, but find I used them less and less as I learned what I could/shouldn't eat and didn't even reinstall them on my new phone.

I don't test as much as I used to because I have learned what certain foods do to my BG and avoid those that I know will take me out of my personally acceptable range. I do test more when playing around with something unknown or when I try to fix something starchy and have attempted to retrograde the starch (i.e. beans or potatoes).

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Old 06-19-2018, 22:11   #3
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My tools are no-tech

Paper and pencil to record what I eat and carb count; small carb-counter booklet to look up carbs for foods.

Okay- I do use the internet if my book doesn't have the food - usually go to the government nutrition site. Especially if I'm trying to determine carbs for ingredients in a recipe because it has several quantities to choose from. https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/

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Oh, exercise tools, I have a Garmin and Fitbit fitness tracker. The Garmin tells me to move after an hour of insufficient activity. The Fitbit is a clip on that has been thru the washing machine a couple of times too many and the display on it no longer works. I have to look at the Fitbit phone app to see how many steps it has counted or if it has turned itself again. Thinking about going the Apple Watch route to replace it. I was doing pretty good hitting my daily step goal, but I've slacked off some here lately. I also have a road bike that I have slacked off on too. Maybe Tour de France will get me going again.

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I don't remember why I didn't use MyFitnessPal, but I ended up using FatSecret for nutritional breakdowns. Maybe it was that I didnít think I would use several of the additional features in MFP. *shrug* But I use FatSecret or some on-line sources for carb/fat/protein breakdowns of foods I'm not already familiar with. I still use my laptop way more than my phone.

I have a NeoOffice (native-Mac open-source version of Excel) spreadsheet I use to track and graph my blood glucose tests. I started with a smartphone app provided by my meter manufacturer but a spreadsheet gives me more flexibility in slicing and dicing numbers so I can draw some better lines (like the relationship to what and when I eat at night to my FBG/Dawn Phenomenon).

And, honestly, I don't use a fitness tracker of any kind right now except the timer on my iPhone. Right now it's enough that I get out and do some sort of exercise every day I can; don't need tech for that (a calendar works fine). I'm also not convinced that a step-counter would measure some of what I consider exercise (like slinging boxes of frozen food for hours at the food bank). Someday, probably. Like maybe when I revert from bike riding (must remember to put the computer on the new bike) to the bike trainer....

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