Diabetes Tracking Tools

Diabetes tracking tools are those tools that are used to track how well diabetes is being controlled. Diabetes is a disease which demands your full commitment. You need to watch for many things to keep your diabetes under control. Unlike other diseases which are focused on drugs, if you want to control diabetes you should combine medicines and other treatment measures. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track of all the things you need to do to manage your diabetes. You can get lost in a number of calories you ingested or you can forget to do your required daily exercises. 

Diabetes tracking tools

Physician  Diabetes Tracking Tools

A1c is one of the diabetes tracking tools that is used to know how well diabetes has been managed in the preceding three months. Your physician will use A1c levels to track your average serum glucose levels over a period of the last three months. This is the basic test for monitoring diabetes management in the patient. Sometimes it is also called HbA1c, glycol hemoglobin test.

In this test, we check how big percentage of hemoglobin has glucose molecule bound. If the blood glucose level is high then the percentage of glucose bound hemoglobin will be high. Normally that percentage should not go over 5.7 %. Lately, this test started to be used in the diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes. The a1c test is used for monitoring of the success of diabetes treatment. Normally this test is repeated twice per year, but in some cases, it can be done every three months. If your A1c level is higher than expected, your physician might change your therapy. 

Another one of the diabetes tracking tools is fasting glucose level done in the lab.

For doctor checkups, you should bring your glucose levels which you measured over a period of time. This is required so that the doctor have an insight into the success of your treatment. The easiest way to check daily levels of serum glucose is by using blood sugar monitors or glucometer. Always write down your results so you can show them to the physician. Some people often forget to bring those notes. That creates a problem for physicians to control effects of therapy and further adjustment of it.


Patient Diabetes Tracking Tools

But since we live in an era of smartphones now it is a lot easier for diabetes patients to keep track of their blood sugar levels. It does not matter if you are android, iPhone or Microsoft user, you have a lot of different applications on the app store which help can you. Some of them you can download for free. They are convenient because you always have your data by yourself and you can access them at any time anywhere. Most of them offer you options to enter your measured blood glucose levels, A1c levels.

But some of them might also have options to calculate a number of calories you ingested based on type and amount of food you ate. You can download apps to help you with your meal planning. There you can find a lot of recipes for meals which are recommended for diabetes patients. Also, most of them will show you the number of calories in each position as well as intake of different nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates. That all will help you make a healthy diet plan.

Also, you can use activity monitor. You have the option to use activity tracker which can calculate a number of burnt calories which depend on the activities you conducted during a day. You can set a reminder for exercises to help you with your everyday planning. You can set up short term or long term goals and track your progression using these apps. Pedometers will help you keep track of the distance you cover every day. 

Most of these apps have an option for different diagrams and statistics which can help you to understand how good is your diabetes control, where do you make mistakes and what can you do to correct those mistakes. You can find a lot of app reviews on this topic so you can check them before choosing the best apps for you.

Recently on the market, there is glucose meter with an option for self-calculating the required dose of insulin for the patient. That will make diabetes management for patients which require regular insulin doses easy. The patient will no longer need to calculate insulin dose by himself using different math formulas. There is a high percentage of errors when patients calculate their dose manually. This gadget calculates the required insulin dose based on the blood sugar level and the number of calories ingested in a  meal. After that, it will calculate the required insulin dose completely by itself.  It allows patients to worry less about accidental hypoglycemia, which can occur if they take a higher dose of insulin.

Since we live in a digital age, now there are plenty of information about diabetes online. You can subscribe to online pages or journals and stay up to date with all the latest findings of diabetes care and management. Always try to educate yourself about your disease as much as you can. You will get a lot of free information on websites of different diabetes associations and communities or you can download apps.

Most of the diabetes patients are elderly population. That is one of the reasons why they sometimes forget to take their medicines. Nowadays there are mobile applications which can help them keep tracking which medicines they have taken and when.

 

Diabetes tracking tools are required if you want to monitor the success of your treatment. Always have written down your glucose levels because they are very important for physician and you.

References

Anna Schaefer, "The Best Diabetes Apps of 2016“, 2016, retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/top-iphone-android-apps#2

Michael Dansinger, "Tracking Devices for Diabetes Patients“, 2015, retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/trackers-for-diabetes#3

Shah, V. N.,  and Garg, S.K., "Managing diabetes in the digital age“, 2015, Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology, 1:16, DOI: 10.1186/s40842-015-0016-2

Sussman, A., Taylor, E.J., Patel, M., Ward, J., Alva, S., et al., "Performance of a Glucose Meter with a Built-In Automated Bolus Calculator versus Manual Bolus Calculation in Insulin-Using Subjects“, 2012, J Diabetes Sci Technol., 6(2): 339–344, retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3380776/

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, "The A1C Test and Diabetes“, 2014, retrieved from https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/diagnosis-diabetes-prediabetes/a1c-test


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