Online/app based DB tracking

rickbond1973
By rickbond1973 Latest Reply 2012-01-08 23:13:43 -0600
Started 2012-01-08 06:52:14 -0600

Woke up this (and most mornings for a while now) and my bg out of bed was 287. Obviously, I'm continuing to suck at this whole thing. I decided it's probably time to really start tracking my bg's in comparison to what/when I eat. This should be scary, but I'm hoping that if I have the data in front of me it may help with my eating habits. I'm not a pencil/paper type person…I am a computer tech and am usually connected in some way. Thus I am wondering if anyone is using a software/app/web based logging solution. Took a quick peek at a couple but figured I would come ask the experts. :-)


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Kirla
Kirla 2012-01-08 10:06:10 -0600 Report

When diagnosed my numbers were like yours, even higher the first week or so. I bought a cheap meter at walmart and started to test before and 2 hours after each meal. Most of the time my blood sugar was spiking over 100 points 2 hours after eating. I soon realized that most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving all spiked my blood sugar.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. At first I tried to cut back on this foods and soon realized I would have to eliminate them from my diet.

By eating lots of low carb vegetables drinking lots of water and cutting back and eliminating high carb starchy foods it only took 4-6 weeks for my blood sugar to approach normal numbers. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in about 4 months. I was able to quit all meds after 7 weeks and all my numbers just kept getting better and better.

Testing 7-8 times a day is only necessary for a couple of weeks or maybe several weeks. Once you find how different foods affect you, you shouldn’t have to test as much. For awhile I was testing twice a day. Only thing I would test at different times on different days of the week. Like on Monday I would test fasting and after eating breakfast. On Tuesday I would test before after lunch and on Wednesday I would test before and after dinner. On Thursday maybe before going to bed and if I had to pee in the middle of the night I might test then also and then I would repeat the process over and over. By the end of the week I would have a pretty good idea of what my blood sugar was doing for the week.

After several months I was wondering just how high my blood sugar was spiking after eating. I read somewhere that most people will spike at about 1 hour after eating. So for several months I was testing before and 1 hour after eating. For several years I was able to keep my 1-hour after eating spikes to less than 110 on my meter for just about every meal I ate. Lately my blood sugar hasn’t been that good but most days my after meal spikes are less than 140 most of the time.

For maybe a year I used an excel program I downloaded off the Internet for free. You entered your fasting and 2 hours after breakfast and before and 2 hours after lunch and dinner. The spreadsheet would give you your average reading and estimated A1C. I found that the spreadsheet was more accurate if I changed the 2 hour reading to 1 hour. Most of the time my A1C when done at the lab was with in about .2 points of the spreadsheet. You can download a copy here. http://www.loanuniverse.com/Diabetes/ I used version 2. It worked great for me.

Good luck
Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/

rickbond1973
rickbond1973 2012-01-08 12:37:53 -0600 Report

Thanks for the response Kirla. I will definitely look into that spreadsheet. Also read some of your blog…inted to read more of that too.