Tracking diabetes

BandonBob
By BandonBob Latest Reply 2011-05-21 00:14:40 -0500
Started 2011-03-14 10:46:57 -0500

Over the weekend I was a t a class for diabetics. In the class were 25 people that have diabetes some T1 and most T2. We were discussing tracking diabetes and I found that I was the only one of the 25 fanatic enough to record everything. All of the group tested and they all saw their doctors at least once a year. 14 of them kept track of what they ate every day. 6 of the group kept rack of their BG readings for two weeks or until their meters started phasing out older readings. 3 Tracked their BP but didn't log it anywhere. 12 knew their current A1c but didn't know what the previous reading was. No one else has a log of how they were feeling after meals, after medication etc. I know that I am a fanatic because I have daily records dealing with my diabetes for the last 22 years. My question for everyone is there at least one other fanatic out there somewhere?


31 replies

echowit
echowit 2011-03-20 20:54:31 -0500 Report

Fanatic (? Geek ?) here too. I use an Excell spreadsheet and record everything I eat, my weight and BG reading daily. It's set up so I only have to enter how much of a serving of each food I have. It calculates the nutrition info (cards, prot, Cs, etc) and keeps a running chart of the totals v. weight & BG. Stopped using it over Christmas & New Years and my numbers went to H*^%. Am back to doing it and numbers are back in control.

Non-D benefit, last cholesterol check was 102/50 (way down from the 400 number last july)

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-21 10:54:04 -0500 Report

I use Excel and track everything on it. I also use Heart360.org from the American Heart Assn to track numbers as my doctor can connect to them and download all my numbers directly to her computer. You have me beat for the cholesterol as mine is 135/76. Good work!

pkwillhoite
pkwillhoite 2011-03-21 16:24:33 -0500 Report

I would like to know how you track all your info from the dr visits… I try to come up with a way ans I cant seem to get any thing figured out…

echowit
echowit 2011-03-22 17:19:15 -0500 Report

My doctors provide an "After Visit Summary" which their computer automatically prints out for me. It shows my meds, vitals, dignoses, any new instructions and next appointments. I'd ask if your Dr can do something similar, it's invaluable.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-21 17:06:26 -0500 Report

I always ask my doctor for anything important in writing so that I can enter it when I get home. I am on my third doctor for the diabetes because of moving around but they have all cooperated with me in giving me what I want. I also always have paper and pen with me to write things down so I don't forget.

pkwillhoite
pkwillhoite 2011-03-21 17:12:26 -0500 Report

Thats a really good Idea!! I have an appointment tomorrow and will try to write down everything she says.. Thank you very much. I really need to be more ontop of this.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-21 17:28:29 -0500 Report

Your welcome. I also posted a discussion on how to put together a spreadsheet for tracking which might help as well.

Nonna2Three
Nonna2Three 2011-03-18 14:35:53 -0500 Report

I'm not a fanatic. Sorry :P
I do track my BG & my foods. I know my current A1c, but I don't know when an A1c was taken prior to my dx in Jan. of this year. I go back in May and will have another A1c and then I will know two, and I will know future A1c's. But I don't track moods (my mood swings too much and too often to try to track it - I am an easily excitable person and I have a short temper so I can get my knickers in a knot pretty quick - but then again, they get un0knoted just as quick). As for my BP, it has been well controlled with Maxide, so once it became well controlled I only check it randomly now, but I do record what it is when I check it.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-21 10:55:56 -0500 Report

That's okay. For awhile there I was beginning to think I was the only fanatic out there. It sounds like you are doing well and have some idea of controlling BG.

Nonna2Three
Nonna2Three 2011-05-19 17:07:25 -0500 Report

Got my second A1c today - it is duly noted in my log book. And I am happy to say it is greatly improved from January. Down from 12.46 to 5.78. I am ecstatic to say the least!

EJMac
EJMac 2011-03-16 23:06:21 -0500 Report

I am tracking everything now since I've been switched to insulin. Have to learn all over again. I am hoping that once I get the same exchanges for each meal and the exercise regular during the day, that I won't have to check quite so often and write everything down. In the future, I was thinking that maybe one week a month I will weigh & measure food, writing everything down just to make sure my "cup' is still a cup and not a cup and a half. LOL Can't just run out the door anymore. Have to have meter, humalog, snacks everytime I leave home. My doctor was so impressed about all the info I brought in with me for him to adjust my insulin.

digitaldoorbell
digitaldoorbell 2011-03-16 21:47:54 -0500 Report

You're a role model for the rest of us. I have only been diagnosed for about six months as a Type 2. I can assure you, I record everything. I keep the logs and refer to them to look for patterns. Perhaps you're doing so well (and I hope that you are) because of your practices in this regard.

I'm interested in the rest of the responses also.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-17 01:01:54 -0500 Report

Thanks. I am doing well and my BG has been under control now for 21 and a half years. The first six months were the time it took me to take control and since then it has been maintenance.

Brooklynsgram
Brooklynsgram 2011-03-15 20:31:22 -0500 Report

Im good at tracking my foods and excersise for a couple of weeks then I let it fall by the way side… Im back to tracking again after I learned how serious this disease is and that is why I joined this group so I can stay accountable and motivated!

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-15 23:18:47 -0500 Report

I'm glad to hear that you want to keep yourself accountable. The greatest part of good tracking is having the information to tell your doctor exacttly what is going on with yourself. Thanks for your reply.

cograndma
cograndma 2011-03-15 15:12:11 -0500 Report

I also know a lot of people who are not informed enough about their disease to even know that they are uninformed. My step mom and a friend of mine, both didn't even know what a glucometer was…had no inclination to use one and thought doing nothing and seeing the doc only once a year was ok…It took me a very long time to get my primary care doc to not keep sending me to a nutritionist or dietician, but to an endocrinologist as I had asked…changing doctors, and I got my wish. I see my endo. four times a year.

cograndma
cograndma 2011-03-15 15:08:59 -0500 Report

I think what you are doing is great. We really need to do that, because we have something to go back and look at when our sugars are too high/too low, or we don't feel good…we can backtrack and then maybe we can change our habits and or our drugs. Good going

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-15 23:20:47 -0500 Report

Tracking is good and being able to tell the doctor what is going on is even better. Thans for replying.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-03-15 09:06:22 -0500 Report

I ws that way in the beginning like you, logged into my little book once or twice a day. I only need to test my Doc says once a day now, so I don't log it all the time, it didn't until someone posted this site where you can go in and type your numbers and get your avg, and all kinds of good info., so I do that, but not daily. I do care a lot and taking care of myself is very important to me, but I know what you are saying, I know lots of people who don't care that much about it. They don't seem to take it seriously. When I was in class two years ago, I noticed some of us cared more than others.

menstar1
menstar1 2011-03-15 02:06:43 -0500 Report

don't feel bad. i was then fell off doing so. doctor told me last week to get my act together or he will put me back on medication.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-03-15 14:56:14 -0500 Report

It's easy to understand a statetent like that as punishment. But when I hear something like that, I hear that the Dr cares and wants the best for me to control my Diabetes!

CoRinaB
CoRinaB 2011-03-14 14:03:04 -0500 Report

Don't think of it as being a fanatic. I was diagnosed in November 2010 and I am just like you. Well, I was until a couple of weeks ago. I've fallen off the deep end, somewhat, with my entire routine. But I'm getting back on track. I think that it actually helps when you keep track of everything. I have a weekly spreadsheet that I made that has my meals, snacks, readings, exercises and any misc notes that I think should be on there. It works for me and you just need to do what works for you. If it helps to be a "fanatic", then, be one.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-14 14:47:36 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply. I don't mind being fanatic about diabetes because it is serious enough to warrant it. After the weekend I was just beginning to think I was in some world of my own.

MewElla
MewElla 2011-03-14 13:29:23 -0500 Report

I'm just like you with charting test #'s, food journal, how I felt that day, weight and take to my dr appointment. We talk about it so he is aware what I do on a daily basis. My daily exercise is also noted…so he gets overall view of how I handle my diabetes. If I did not chart it, I would not remember all the things I keep up daily to discuss intelligently with the dr.

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-14 14:49:31 -0500 Report

Thanks. I am happy to know I am not the only one. As you say it really helps have an intelligent talk with your doctor. I am fortunate that my doctor is into electronic data tracking and she has a program that converts my excel spreadsheets into her medical records automatically.

cograndma
cograndma 2011-03-15 15:16:00 -0500 Report

my doc is working on that as well. My past doc had one and it was great for having the data at hand to discuss changes

realsis77
realsis77 2011-03-14 12:11:08 -0500 Report

I think its wonderful your tracking your diabetes and symptoms and reactions. I keep track of my testing four times a day. I also keep track of my insulins. I use two different kinds so that's every morning shot then the different insulins after each meal. I have a special application on my smartphone just for diabetics! It graphs my sugar and shows it in a full color graph,it shows percentages of highs and lows and also graphs and helps calculate insulin use! Its also a wonderful visual tool in keeping tract of my diabetes! I show the graphs to my doctor and he just loves them. It also gives my doctor a good visual idea of how I'm doing. The application is called glucool. I use it with my android phone. I also know they have simuliar applacations for different smartphones. So I guess yes I too am a bit fanatic about tracking my diabetes! :)

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-03-14 14:50:26 -0500 Report

Thank you. I feel better knowing I am not the only fanatic out there. Tracking really does help you know where you are and what is going on.