New Log is the most used option in SocialDiabetes. It is the screen where you log your glucose, bolus, food, insulin, medication, physical activity, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), weight, blood pressure or ketones.
Combining this information, you will have a comprehensive register of how your diabetes evolves, helping you to take better decisions for your treatment.
Also, if you have type 1 diabetes and have activated the Bolus Calculator, it will recommend fast-acting insulin doses for meals or corrections.
Insert a New Log
If it is your first time using SocialDiabetes, a blue message will appear for you to register your first log. From now on, you will follow the same procedure every time you want to add a New Log:
● Start your New Log by pressing on the ‘+’ button in the centre.
● Select the type of information you want to log: glucose, bolus, food, insulin, medication, physical activity, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), weight, blood pressure or ketones.
● Within the menu, select whether you want to combine your information, such as: glucose + food + insulin or medication + exercise.
New Log + Bolus Calculator
If you have type 1 diabetes and the Bolus Calculator is active, log your blood glucose and food together to obtain your recommended active insulin:
● Choose when you are measuring your blood glucose (before or after eating).
● Insert blood glucose values, either manually or through the integrated glucometer.
● *Check the carbs that you are going to eat and edit or add values manually.
* Note! If you have set up the bolus calculator correctly and filled in the ‘food’ screen, this will be a default value. If you follow a regular diet, you don’t have to do anything. If you want to change the amount of carbs because you are going to eat more this time, add a new amount manually.
● When inserting these two values, glucose and carbs, SocialDiabetes will suggest your recommended insulin dose automatically! Accept and your log will be registered on SocialDiabetes.
If you do not want to accept the dose, press ‘reject’. The insulin dose field will revert to zero and you will be able to add a value manually.
Remember to always save the new log to register it and return to the home screen.
Insulins, medication and alarms
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you will be able to register your logs as required, logging your medication and insulin separately or together. You will be able to select what you are interested in depending on your case.
In addition, you can set alarms that will help you to remember to take your medication or when to administer your long-acting insulin.
Food logs and Similar logs
Two interesting New Log options are ‘Add your food’ and ‘Similar Logs’:
Add your food
With ‘Add your food’, you can take a photo of the plate of food you are about to eat, tag it and add the amount of carbs it contains.
You will then be able to review your carb count, or simply show your medical team how your diet is going.
Once you have saved the log, the photo will be saved with the other data and will make up your digital logbook, My Logs, which you can access from the app’s home screen.
‘Similar Logs’ is an option that shows logs that are similar to your current log in the last 15 days, with regard to two values, your blood glucose levels and the carbs you are planning on eating.
It also tells you your blood glucose level on the following log that day.
The goal is to help you determine which is the most accurate amount of insulin for your current log, independently from the bolus calculator recommendation.
Therefore, the final decision is always yours, since you are the person that knows your diabetes the best, as well as your body’s behaviour when faced with different elements that affect your blood glucose levels.
Often times, nerves, stress, fatigue or joy can alter our blood glucose levels. This is why, when writing down your New Log, you should fill in your mood and insert a comment and/or tags to help you identify these registers.
Learn from yourself and your emotions, talk to your doctor about it later or leave relevant comments to help you understand your results.
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