What Are the Benefits of Recording in a Diabetes Log Book?
Diabetes can lead to health complications including neuropathy, retinopathy, nephropathy as well as heart disease and stroke if blood glucose is not well regulated. By monitoring blood sugar numbers and recording them in a diabetes log book, based on you and your health care team’s recommendations, you may be able to achieve better glucose control. The diabetic log book information helps your physician make informed decisions concerning your current treatment plan. Your physician will be able to identify patterns in your glucose numbers and may make changes to the amount or types of medications you are presently taking.
Why Should You Bother to Record Blood Glucose Levels?
Blood glucose patterns generally emerge when documentation becomes consistent. A common recommendation for blood glucose testing is called "pairing combination." This means by testing in pairs, you and your physician will receive an abundance of information. For example, test prior to dinner and then two hours after your first bite of dinner to see which foods and food amounts possibly cause blood sugar spikes and which do not. You can try this before and after any meal. Your health care team will be able to make numerous suggestions about your diabetes management plan from pairing. Another pairing would be to test before and after exercise as this may alert you to possible hypoglycemia. Testing at different times and documenting blood glucose readings not only gives your physician more pertinent information, but it also helps you to achieve your own diabetes goals.