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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, etc.)






I don't record blood glucose values












Total votes: 427


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

Poll dates: November 11 - 18, 2007
Total Votes: 427

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. In the last year, we've seen a small increase in the number of people reporting using a paper log (46% to 50%), with the number of people using the meter's memory with a computer essentially unchanged (32% versus 33%). Using meter memory has been shown to improve outcomes -- see Dr. Irl Hirsh's report at the 2005 Diabetes Technology Meeting about the benefits of using downloaded meter data to help patients improve their HbA1c.

Method Nov 2007 Nov 2006 Nov 2005 Nov 2004 Oct 2002 Nov 2001
Paper log 50% 46% 52% 61% 62% 73%
Meter's memory
Download at clinic
13% 13% 13% 10% 5% 5%
Meter's memory
Download at home
15% 18% 15% 14% 19% 8%
Meter's memory
Upload to web
4% 2% 2% 1% 1% n/a
Computer, type in 4% 4% 4% 2% 2% 3%
Handheld 1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Don't record 7% 7% 7% 6% 4% 5%
Other 1% 2% 1% 1% 4% 1%

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