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How often do you download data from your glucose meter or continuous sensor at home?








Every couple of days






Once a week






A couple times a month






Once a month






Just before our diabetes team visit






Only when there are control problems to see patterns






Never or almost never












Total votes: 311


How often do you download data from your glucose meter at home?

Poll dates: April 6 - 13, 2008
Total Votes: 311

Almost all of today's blood glucose meters have on-board memories that store blood glucose data and data ports for downloading that data to personal computers. All continuous glucose sensors also do. Software provided by the meter companies analyzes the data and presents reports that can provide invaluable insight into how successfully you're managing your diabetes. Pie charts, for example, show the percentage of time spent hypoglycemic, hyperglycemic, and in range, and are a good predictor of your overall level of control

The various graphs and charts that are easily generated by today's diabetes management programs make it very easy to identify patterns, such as lows before breakfast or highs before lunch. Using that information, you can work with your diabetes team to modify your insulin dose to reduce highs and lows.

The poll's results show that most families are not using software to analyze their blood glucose data on a regular basis.

The table below shows how this poll compares with the results from the previous times we've run this poll:

Response     Apr 2008     Apr 2007     Apr 2006  
Daily 1% 3% 4%
Every couple of days 3% 4% 3%
Once a week 7% 7% 6%
A couple times a month 11% 7% 6%
Once a month 8% 3% 3%
Just before our diabetes team visit 18% 15% 13%
Only when there are problems 6% 3% 2%
Almost never 41% 56% 54%
Other 1% 1% 4%

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Last Updated: Sunday April 13, 2008 10:36:48
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