How often do you download data from your glucose meter or continuous sensor 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: 226
How often do you download data from your glucose meter at home?Poll dates: April 8 - 15, 2009
Total Votes: 226
Almost all 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. All continuous glucose sensors also do. 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.
The poll's results show that most families are not using software to analyze their blood glucose data on a regular basis.
The table below shows how this poll compares with the results from the previous times we've run this poll:
Response Apr 2009 Apr 2008 Apr 2007 Apr 2006 Daily 2% 1% 3% 4% Every couple of days 3% 3% 4% 3% Once a week 8% 7% 7% 6% A couple times a month 9% 11% 7% 6% Once a month 5% 8% 3% 3% Just before our diabetes team visit 23% 18% 15% 13% Only when there are problems 8% 6% 3% 2% Almost never 38% 41% 56% 54% Other 1% 1% 1% 4%
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)
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Last Updated: Wednesday April 15, 2009 09:20:52
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