Logbook feature

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2012-10-21 14:13:25 -0500
Started 2012-09-05 14:45:07 -0500

So one thing everyone with diabetes needs to help them have effective management is a logbook of some kind. No matter, what form it is in, whether it is a paper log sheet or an actual log book or electronic, or even if you just wait until you go to the doctor to have your meter downloaded. You can't avoid or deny that recording your blood sugars is essential.

We have hopefully made that task a little easier for you by adding a new feature to your profile. In your profile you will notice a tab called Logbook. This is a new feature that we thought would be helpful to you. There will be more information to come on this feature, but I thought I would let you know that it is there so if you want to take a sneak peak to see what we are talking about you can.

We would love any feedback you have about it. How could it better fit your needs in a logbook? What do you like about it?

43 replies

Linda crutch
Linda crutch 2012-10-20 10:53:17 -0500 Report

I love the logbook features on my iPhone!! Thru diabetic connect. I don't have to carry book n pen everywhere. Since I'm either in Tampa Bay Area, or suncoast area or central Florida traveling between family n my home, I have to carry enough stuff!! I always have my phone with me, so I can enter blood sugar tests on phone!!

GabbyPA 2012-10-04 20:06:23 -0500 Report

Well, I guess I am really behind the times. I just found this feature and was so excited about it. But it seems I am about a month behind. Figures! LOL

I think it is a great tool. Keeping track in a chart (since I am very visual) is very helpful in finding patterns in my levels. If we could have food tracking as well, that would be so helpful.

s l k
s l k 2012-10-04 07:50:47 -0500 Report

I can't seem to locate how to access it!

jayabee52 2012-10-04 09:43:50 -0500 Report

on your profile page there will be a link which says "log book"

jdla 2012-10-09 10:16:00 -0500 Report

On mobile also? I can't find it on this app

GabbyPA 2012-10-09 10:18:17 -0500 Report

I don't know anything about apps. Do they offer the same as the site on the computer? If so, it is on your profile page right next to your "activity" feed

doggier 2012-09-10 23:34:47 -0500 Report

It would be nice to have a feature where you could make comments everyday. It is really nice!!

Michael_1960 2012-09-10 21:18:56 -0500 Report

My doctor doesn't look at mine either, which I guess that's why they do the lab test, your A1c's will tell the average of your readings I guess. I still keep records of mine so I can get an average of it in a weeks time, or a months time. That way I can figure out what I'm eating for that day and lets me know what I have to cut back on, or what to cut out all together.

kdroberts 2012-09-09 21:41:07 -0500 Report

Maybe it's just me but I've found logbooks a complete waste of time. It seems that overall the effort you put in to one to get even slightly useful, long term information is vastly more than what you get out of it. I'm curious, how do people use them to help manage diabetes better?

Mike K.
Mike K. 2012-09-09 15:23:13 -0500 Report

I like to use GlucoseBuddy on my phone to keep track of my blood sugar, exercise, carbs, etc. I can e-mail the information to my doctor before going to appointment.

draco59 2012-09-09 15:14:33 -0500 Report

I think it's great, I use a spread sheet now, I also track my BP,weight, and how much I walk a day… But this is wonderful, because I a can look up my sugars anywhere I go and I have a signal for my iPhone…
I am the only one to be able to see them right?????

MAYS 2012-09-07 19:22:02 -0500 Report

It's a wonderful feature but i prefer this software to log in my info directly from my meter, or manually if i choose to do so, or if i am using a different meter, i can also log in my medications, medical information, medical team information and anything else that i may consider important, as well as witness trends in my diabetes management process.


I'm not knocking the "Logbook tab" or its effectiveness, but (in my opinion) the blood glucose manufacturer's software for their meters seem to do a better job at handling this process, and many of them do it automatically once the software is loaded on your computer and your meter is connected to it.
Kudo's for making this site easier, and much more enjoyable to use as time goes on!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-07 12:46:07 -0500 Report

This is a good feature but I prefer the paper one that can be carried to the doctor should he need to see it.

NiceDiabetes 2012-09-09 01:24:23 -0500 Report

I'm with you and I use Carelink. I load my pump data (which includes my meter - thanks Contour Link) straight in
If i could work out some way of getting a record of what I eat and my exercise as well, Id be a happy girl

Nick1962 2012-09-07 13:47:28 -0500 Report

I think this one is printable Joyce, there's a little printer button thingy top right.

AF Retired 462
AF Retired 462 2012-09-07 20:16:30 -0500 Report

After you go to print mode…you can copy and past into a spread sheet. Get you a good start to modify as needed.

Nick1962 2012-09-07 20:50:31 -0500 Report

Thanks, I hadn't gone that far. Good to know. I've got an excel spreadsheet set up for myself that calcs A1c, but for the first timer (or excel challenged), this is a great tool.

JSJB 2012-09-06 03:39:37 -0500 Report

I keep a paper log book of my EXERCISE, DIET, BG, B/P and CARBS so since I am on DC everyday I will use log book. Great Idea I'm sure it will be helpful.

CJ55 2012-09-06 00:27:32 -0500 Report

I also keep a log book and this am I had an appt with my Endo and Diabetes Educator. They both looked at the book and each made copies for their files. I was surprised they did. I think the logbook online is an awesome feature. Thanks!!

locarbarbie 2012-09-05 15:20:36 -0500 Report

I think it is a great idea. I was passionate about keeping a chart for about the first year or so…brought it to each Dr appt, but she never even glanced at it. I have gotten out of the habit of charting at all, so this may be just what I need to remind me.

AF Retired 462
AF Retired 462 2012-09-05 16:25:18 -0500 Report

I would bring my logbook with me to my Dr appts too. He would never look at them. When I went on insulin I started back with a Diabet Nurse Educator. She took more interest than my Dr did. I wish I would see her only and have him write my scripts for her.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-07 12:50:50 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed I saw him once a week for a month and a half. This was just to see where I was with numbers so he looked over my logbook. Once I got my blood sugar under control, my doctor would only look at it when I told him about spikes and we would discuss how to prevent them from occurring. I still carried it with me in case he needed it.

Nick1962 2012-09-05 15:01:42 -0500 Report

Well I'm sure glad you told us. I noticed it yesterday and thought "how have I missed this all this time?"
Really handy feature!

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