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
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"
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