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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










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

Poll dates: October 27 - November 3, 2002
Total Votes: 637

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. Modern 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 compares the results of this poll with a similar poll we ran in November 2001:

Method of Recording
Glucose Values
  % Using in
Oct 2002
  % Using in
Nov 2001
Paper log   62%   73%   15% decline
Meter's memory
Download at clinic
  5%   5%    
Meter's memory
Download at home
  19%   8%   138% increase
Meter's memory
Upload to web
  1%   n/a    
Computer, type in   2%   3%    
Handheld   2%   1%    
Don't record   4%   5%    
Other   4%   1%    

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