In my opinion, the most effective way of getting in control of sugar levels is keeping a record of them. Tracking your sugar levels makes it so much easier to detect patterns and figure out what's wrong and right about your insulin doses.
For example, you can click here to listen to the three biggest mistakes I've made with insulin injections. What helped me solve each one was detecting patterns, writing notes, and planning insulin adjustments for the following day based on them. If I ever run into an issue with my sugar levels, I always write out the questions:
If I don't take notes, who knows how long it could take until I figure out a solution to the problem, or even the problem itself!
So, I can't stress enough how important I think it is keep track of sugar levels, especially if you've been newly diagnosed. These are 3 of my favourite ways of doing so.
A Daily Planner
The hospital provided me with a sugar level journal when I was first diagnosed, but I wasn't a massive fan. Firstly, I like my notebooks to be appealing to the eye. In other words, not with a team of smiling doctors holding clipboards on the front. Secondly, I found that the notes section was a little too rigid. For example, it's divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bed. What about before exercise? After exercise? Snacks? I check my blood sugars far more than four times a day and need more space to document this. I personally love this notebook by Bullet Keeper. It comes in black and silver too but realistically you're gonna get the rose gold. I specifically like this one as you can see each day of the week on the page, so it's easy to notice trends in blood sugars. Also, the days aren't dated, so you can stop and start whenever you want. It also has a monthly planner which is just super handy and an empty notes section at the back. This is where I like to make notes of how much insulin I took (correctly) with a food I don't usually eat. For example, the cronut (mix between a croissant and donut) that I recently, shamelessly ate. God bless America!!!
A Detailed Journal
I came across this Diabetic Health Journal by a girl called Lauren Bongiorno at a JDRF summit and immediately put it on my future purchases list. It's a mix between a wellness, health and sugar level journal and is SO aesthetically pleasing. If you're feeling a little stressed or overwhelmed with diabetes in general, then this is definitely the notebook for you. It has a little 'Morning Work- in' section, so you can start your day positively, and a 'Night Cap' to pause and see what did or didn't work that day. It has a space for absolutely everything- from workout plans and water intake to sugar level logs. Just looking at it makes me feel like I have my life together.
On Your Phone
For those a little more tech-orientated I would definitely recommend the MySugr App. You can actually sync all the data from your FreeStyle Libre or Medtronic CGM into this app with the mySugr Web Importer in an instant. It can be connected to many glucose monitors but if yours isn't on the list you can enter in your data manually. This app shows a graph of your levels throughout the day and you can add in different factors such as exercise, alcohol, fasting and even office work. This app is super handy if you don't feel like lugging a journal around with you- it's a pocket sized way of keeping on top of your sugar levels!
So those are my 3 favourite ways of tracking my blood sugars. I certainly find that having a pretty little journal to write in is a big motivation. Try getting yourself a fancy pen to go with it and there will be no stopping you!! It really is the little things. Alternatively, if you're not much of a writer or have an inconveniently small bag that doesn't fit a journal- definitely try out the App. If the MySugr one isn't for you, there's plenty more out there on the App store! I hope this post has been helpful. X