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Analyzing your blood glucose patterns using software.
The Logbook is the most popular and recognized report for analyzing diabetes control.
Tips for analyzing your blood glucose patterns*:
- Use the colour coded low and high blood glucose readings to find your patterns
- Low blood glucose changes are the 1st priority for safety always.
- Look at 7-30 days maximum when trying to see patterns of recent control.
- Make only one change at a time and use the lowest change variable possible (except when correcting significant low patterns).
Quick Tips to Better Control
- Bolus for every meal and snack.
- Get rid of lows first.
- Keep correction boluses
- Keep your average basal and bolus distribution balanced (see Insulin Pie Chart).
The Compilation Report: a visual snapshot
A summary report that compiles glucose, carbohydrate, and insulin data for quick review. Below are a few highlights and tips.
Look at the division of your visual blood glucose results: What percentage of your blood glucose results are within target, below target and above target?
- You can personalize your target ranges
- Check your glucose at least 5 to 7 times a day.
- It is important to check at different times before and 2 hours after meals as well as all of your low blood glucose times to ensure this gives a true picture.
Look at the visual Insulin basal and bolus distribution pie chart:
What is the breakdown of your basal insulin and your bolus insulin?
- It is thought that the ideal breakdown of basal and bolus is balanced at 50/50 but it is always individual to each pumper.
Fine-Tuning Your Control
Evaluate your basal rates, carbohydrate ratio and insulin sensitivity factor when needed.
- Refer to the Animas Insulin Pump Workbook (pages 40 – 50) for basal, bolus and ISF evaluation logs and guidance
- Another excellent resource is Pumping Insulin (5th edition), Chapter 14 on “Pattern Management Secrets”.
Bring a record of your readings, food, exercise, stress, illness, menses and basal/bolus doses to all clinic visits, so your physician or diabetes educator can help you eliminate unwanted patterns.
*“A glucose pattern is any consistent repetition of high or low glucose readings at the same time of day over several days.” (Walsh,J. Pumping Insulin 5th edition, 2012.p173)