What is a diabetes logbook?
Monitoring blood glucose levels and recording them in your diabetes logbook is the center of diabetes self-management.
A logbook is a written record of your blood sugar levels that helps you to determine how your body handles food, activity, diabetes medication, stress and illness. Some blood glucose meters include a feature so that you can download your results into a computer program.
Checking blood sugar levels lets you see how your body reacts when you eat certain kinds or amounts of foods, do certain exercises or lose weight.
You can also see what effect medications have on your blood glucose levels, which indicates whether the medicines are working properly. Once recorded in your diabetes logbook, you’ll recognize patterns.
Overall, testing your blood sugar levels helps set the course of your diabetes self-management. Your blood sugar levels may prompt you to eat a snack, take more insulin or go for a walk. Testing also alerts you to blood sugar levels that are too high or too low.
Checking your blood sugar level at specific times throughout the day is very valuable.
The number of times you test your blood sugar levels each day will be determined by your diabetes management plan developed with your doctor.
Tips about keeping your diabetes logbook:
- Be sure you also record other important factors, such as eating, activity, time of day when testing and time when diabetic medication or insulin is taken, in your diabetes log, along with your blood glucose results.
- Although paper records are quite adequate for many people’s diabetes self-management strategies, some prefer to use a computer program as an electronic logbook.
- Some health insurance providers may require a record of your diabetes self-management, such as a logbook.
For your convenience Edgepark provides a downloadable, print-only diabetes logbook where you can record your blood sugar levels.