One of the most integral parts of my diabetes management has been checking and tracking my BG levels at least 4 times every day. Not only is this important for knowing how you’re actually doing BG wise, but it’s also important for figuring out what triggers your highs, lows, and everything in between. My job requires me to analyze trends and figure out how to take advantage of them, so I might be adapting to the constant checking a little easier than most. Whether or not your job requires trend watching, it’s pretty easy to pick up and maintain as long as you have the right tools.
There a few apps on the market that are designed specifically for this task and will, to a point, analyze the trends for you. You can use good old Excel (or Numbers) to track your data if you already have the software. I’m a big fan of the MySugr app, which was recently launched in the US, but I also use Excel to keep track of my data. Testing and tracking my sugars has allowed me to notice some interesting things:
From tracking my info, I’ve also figured out that I can skip my meal bolus if I’m working out after eating, it’s okay for me to eat within a +/- 1 hour window to maintain OK numbers, and fried food at ANY time is a bad idea. Seriously, who would have thought fried pickles would make you spike like crazy? Not this kid, that’s for sure. Anyways, that's what I've learned so far just from tracking my numbers in an app. I truly believe this is a great habit to get into, especially if you want to maintain tight control of you levels and A1C readings, and can be easy to maintain if you have the tools to do it!