Gain easier control over blood sugar with these diabetes tracking tips from MyNetDiary
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Learn to use MyNetDiary to its fullest as a powerful diabetes tracking tool.
Tracking diabetes helps you identify relationships between blood glucose and weight, exercise, medication, and food and beverage intake. When you understand these relationships, you can analyze, plan, and act to better control your blood glucose levels. MyNetDiary offers the complete tracking solution to take charge of your diabetes.
Better yet, a Premium MyNetDiary membership gives you full access to the Diabetes Tracker features plus all other Premium features, including Premium Recipes and Diet Plans. Simply select "Use BG and Diabetes Tracking" in Settings to access the Diabetes Tracker features as a Premium member.
Blood glucose (BG) is the value that comes from your blood glucose meter or your continuous glucose monitor (CGM). You can display BG as mg/dl or mmol/L in Settings.
"BG" appears at the top of your Dashboard with your average daily, pre-meal, and post-meal BG readings. Tap BG to enter a new BG, set a reminder to check your BG at a specific time, and/or set automatic prompts to check your BG after meals (once a meal has been entered with a timestamp).
To customize BG target ranges and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) limits, tap "BG Targets" on the Blood Glucose screen.
You can also select BG target ranges for each testing condition identified by a time period "label," such as fasting, before lunch, after dinner, and before bed. The BG value will highlight in yellow if it is above your target range or red if it is below your target range. This allows you to identify high and low BGs on reports and charts quickly.
iOS Health app users who sync a blood glucose meter or continuous glucose monitor (CGM) can sync those BG readings with MyNetDiary. Here's how:
Assign a "label" (e.g., "fasting" or "2 hours after lunch") to provide helpful information about your blood glucose reading. You do not need to assign a label to every value, but it serves as a reminder of the conditions under which you tested.
You can assign multiple labels to a value. For instance, you can label your fasting blood glucose reading as "fasting" and "before breakfast."
When you add a BG, tap "Assign Labels" just below the timestamp to see the existing list. If you do not find the label you wish to use, you can tap "Add Custom Label" located on the gear icon.
You may also add notes to any BG reading to better interpret your results.
To view your daily tracker values (e.g., blood glucose, insulin, medications, and exercise) throughout the day, tap "Day Timeline" on your home screen. This report is organized into seven three-hour periods, making it easy to compare blood glucose values within the same time period. In addition, you can toggle between daily and weekly views. You can also export reports with varying periods as a PDF file or an Excel spreadsheet.
In the mobile app, you can also see BG graphs in "Charts," giving you a quick visual representation of your readings.
Timing is essential when you review your reports to find relationships between food, exercise, medication, and blood glucose. To use the timestamp feature, turn it on in Settings. Correct the timestamp if you enter meals and snacks earlier or later than the actual time you ate. The timestamp will allow a correct total of your carbs by meals and snacks. For example, snacks eaten an hour apart will show separate carb counts.
The timestamp is also helpful for noting time of exercise. The timestamp will enable automated prompts to check your post-meal BG at the correct time.
Monitoring carb intake is a vital part of tracking diabetes. For your convenience, you can view a food item's carb content during food entry without selecting the Nutrition Facts panel. If you do not see a carb count on your food item screen, go into Settings, and choose Total Carbs, Net Carbs, or Diabetes Carb Count as a "Primary Nutrient" or "Secondary Nutrient."
MyNetDiary offers three ways to track carbs: Total Carbs, Net Carbs, or Diabetes Carb Count. Choose the method you prefer in Settings.
Total Carbs: This method simply counts the total carb grams listed on the Nutrition Facts panel.
Net Carbs: This value subtracts all fiber and sugar alcohol grams from total carb grams. This method may underestimate the total digestible carb load (and, therefore, the expected rise in blood glucose after eating).
Diabetes Carb Count:
Diabetes Carb Count is calculated as:
Total Carbs minus 1/2 the fiber grams (if equal to or greater than 5 grams fiber per serving) and minus 1/2 sugar alcohol grams (if equal to or greater than 5 grams sugar alcohol per serving).
This approach helps account for the small effect fiber and sugar alcohols can have on blood sugar.
Please discuss the best way for you to count carbs with your Diabetes Educator.
If you use insulin, MyNetDiary will help you track your doses. If you do not see "Insulin" listed on your app's home screen, go to Settings and toggle on "Show Insulin."
There are many types of insulin, and you can track them all! Under "Insulin" on your Dashboard, choose the type of insulin you use from "Insulin List." If you do not see your type of insulin, select "Track New Insulin" to include it.
After you select the type of insulin to track, enter your dose by tapping "Insulin" from your Dashboard, then choose the type of insulin. Enter the dose and time of dose. You may assign a label or add notes to your insulin dose.
In addition to tracking blood glucose, insulin, carbs, and exercise, you can also monitor other medications, heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, and Hemoglobin A1C. You can also create custom trackers to your heart's desire!
Once a tracker is selected, you can enter your value, timestamp, assign a label, and include comments.
Reviewed and revised by Sue Heikkinen MS, RDN, CDCES
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