Tracking your Blood Glucose
What is the value in keeping a blood sugar log? At Autonomous Medicine, we put a lot of value on patients tracking their own data and analyzing it to see trends in their overall health. If you have the metrics available to you, you’ll be able recognize trends and personalize your own treatment. Having tangible data is the key quantifying whether you are making progress in your quest for better health. Autonomous Medicine advocates the use of a blood glucose log so you can measure your improvements.
Tools for Recording your Blood Sugar Log
Choosing the right methods of recording data is as simple as finding the one that you’ll actually use. Depending on your level of sophistication with technology, you may prefer higher tech methods, such as syncing your blood glucose monitor to a phone app. Personally, I like having all my data in spreadsheets that I can manipulate and sort. Many diabetics are older and may not be as tech savvy, so Printing journal sheets and filling them in with pen and paper method may be the most familiar option.
There are two rules to keeping a blood sugar log:
- Track your blood sugar levels often and accurately
- Review your data for trends and insight
Making useful conclusions from your data is typically easier if you can get the values into a spreadsheet or a database, so that the numbers can be sorted. There are wide variety of blood glucose phone apps you can use to store data. If they allow you to export to a spreadsheet or a database, then you’ll have maximum flexibility for analyzing your data.
Paper logs may be harder for data analysis because the data isn’t as easily sortable. If you can find someone or a service (maybe your physicians office) to take your manual sheets and digitize/analyze them, you could glean some insight into triggers and behaviors that are causing spikes or drops in your blood glucose.
Blood Sugar is an Individualized Metric
Recent studies have shown there to be large variations in blood sugar spikes in individuals eating similar diets. Essentially, specific foods that cause one person’s blood glucose to jump, may have little effect on another’s. The belief is that differences in individuals gut biomes causes varying reactions. This is why keeping a blood sugar log is an important tool for gathering data specific to yourself. Autonomous Medicine advocates for individualizing your treatment by gathering good data to understand your individual health needs.
Diabetic Lifestyle Changes
If you’re battling with diabetes, you may want to start making lifestyle changes to help you gain control of your blood sugar levels. There is increasing research that shows that a Ketogenic (low carb / high fat) diet, can help Type 2 diabetics reduce or eliminate their dependence on medications. Furthermore, very recent research demonstrates that intermittent fasting helps diabetics regenerate healthy pancreas cells, effectively eliminating their diabetes altogether. Once you become adept at monitoring your blood sugar, you can begin to make dietary changes and analyze the results. Care needs to be taken and constant monitoring to ensure that your blood sugar levels stay controlled. Judicious Consumption is a blend of both Ketogenic and Intermittent Fasting principles, designed to help both diabetics ad people looking to lose weight and feel better.
**Type 1 Diabetics, need to be very careful of Ketoacidosis and should avoid low carb diets.