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What do you use to record blood glucose values for yourself or your child?


A paper log, recording most or all readings






A paper log, recording some readings






A paper log, recording readings only before a clinic visit






The meter's memory, which is downloaded at the clinic






The meter's memory, which I download to my computer






The meter's memory, which I upload to a web-based diabetes management program






A computer program, but I have to type in the readings






A handheld computer (Palm, Visor etc.)






I don't record blood glucose values












Total votes: 518


What do you use to record blood glucose values for yourself or your child?

Poll dates: November 14 - 21, 2004
Total Votes: 518

Management of diabetes involves making decisions on changes in food, insulin, and exercise. These decisions are made based on data from blood glucose monitoring, and in particular, the patterns gleaned from that data.

Until the advent of personal computers, people with diabetes and their health care teams relied on paper records to determine these patterns. Almost all blood glucose meters have data ports to connect to computers and come with software to analyze the data gathered from blood glucose monitoring. Many clinics ask patients to bring their meters to their quarterly clinic visits and download the data into a central database.

If you have a personal computer and a meter with a data port, it's worth reviewing the many software packages available to help you manage your diabetes. We have a listing at Computerizing Your Meter.

This table shows how people have answered this question over the years. It's interesting to note that today, 60% of people report using paper logs, and 25% report downloading meter data to a computer, which is essentially unchanged since October 2002.

Method     Nov 2004         Oct 2002         Nov 2001    
Paper log 61% 62% 73%
Meter's memory
Download at clinic
10% 5% 5%
Meter's memory
Download at home
14% 19% 8%
Meter's memory
Upload to web
1% 1% n/a
Computer, type in 2% 2% 3%
Handheld 1% 2% 1%
Don't record 6% 4% 5%
Other 1% 4% 1%

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