How often do you download data from your glucose meter at home?
Every couple of days
Once a week
A couple times a month
Once a month
Just before our diabetes team visit
Only when there are control problems to see patterns
Never or almost never
Total votes: 394
How often do you download data from your glucose meter at home?Poll dates: April 9 - 16, 2006
Total Votes: 394
Most of today's blood glucose meters have on-board memories that store blood glucose data and data ports for downloading that data to personal computers. Software provided by the meter companies analyzes the data and presents reports that can provide invaluable insight into how successfully you're managing your diabetes. Pie charts, for example, show the percentage of time spent hypoglycemic, hyperglycemic, and in range, and are a good predictor of your overall level of control
The various graphs and charts that are easily generated by today's diabetes management programs make it very easy to identify patterns, such as lows before breakfast or highs before lunch. Using that information, you can work with your diabetes team to modify your insulin dose to reduce highs and lows.
For more information, see:
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- Slicing the pie. Correlating HbA--values with average blood glucose values in a pie chart form (Diabetes Care. 1998 Feb;21(2):209-12)
- Blood glucose monitoring technology: translating data into practice (Endocr Pract. 2004 Jan-Feb;10(1):67-76)
Last Updated: Sunday April 16, 2006 14:06:00
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