Diabetes Log Book

DeanaG
By DeanaG Latest Reply 2012-06-03 12:13:55 -0500
Started 2012-05-30 09:22:37 -0500

Thought I would share this not only for the newly diagnosed, but as a reminder to all of us. ;-)

"Your diabetes logbook is an invaluable tool. The information you enter helps you and your health care provider know if your diabetes care plan is working.

Logbooks also help your health care provider know when to make changes to your diabetes care plan to reduce the risk of complications.
This information "paints a picture" of how food, exercise, medication and/or insulin, stress, or illness affect your blood sugar results.

Your health care professional or meter manufacturer can provide you with a printed logbook to help you keep track of your diabetes care.

Here are some ways a health care provider may use a logbook:

When a person is first diagnosed, knowing the blood sugar readings, grams of carbohydrates eaten, and the activity level helps the health care provider prescribe the best treatment.

A well-kept logbook will "capture" peak times when people take medication or insulin, which is important in developing a care plan.

Checking and recording blood sugar readings just before a meal can help the health care provider determine if a medication and/or insulin dosage is needed before that meal.

Recording carbohydrate grams eaten throughout the day reveals whether or not your meal plan is effective. This information helps people plan meals and snacks — one important way to stay in control.

Tracking exercise in a logbook helps the health care provider understand if activity is being performed at the most optimal time of the day.

What to Enter in Your Daily Diabetes Logbook

Data:

Blood sugar reading

Medication name(s) and/or insulin dose taken

Carbohydrate grams eaten

Type and amount of exercise

Thoughts and impressions:

Feeling sick or having a fever

Stressful or emotional times

The cause of over- or under-eating, such as a party, stress, or a hectic day

Why you were more or less active"


6 replies

irishbear
irishbear 2012-06-03 11:13:14 -0500 Report

I'm fairly new at all of this, about a year and a half. The first couple of times I went to the doctor I brought my log book and he didn't even look at it so now I don't even bother to bring it. Where can you get log books that have the listings for all of the stuff listed above? Mine only have spaces for time, reading, what meal and meds taken.

MewElla
MewElla 2012-05-30 09:28:11 -0500 Report

Very well said and this is exactly what I do ea day. It definitely shows me when I am either "on or Off track ea day and is an invaluable tool for my Dr. Thanks for sharing this as a reminder for us all.

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