Medically Reviewed By: Tom Iarocci, MD
Maintaining control of your blood sugar levels is an everyday challenge if you have diabetes. You know how serious it can be if your blood sugar spikes too high or falls too low, and it’s a precarious balancing act for many. The good news is that there are many tools available to help take much of the guesswork out of such a serious responsibility. By using blood sugar level charts and logs, it can be quite easy to catch patterns of sugar fluctuations that you might otherwise miss.
Charting Your Glucose Levels:
Checking blood sugar regularly and as recommended by your doctor is an important first step, and one that you can take pride in. With every test, you are helping your body to triumph over diabetes. In order for the numbers to work for you, the results need to be charted and you have to review them periodically to see if you can determine a pattern. Without consistency, it can be difficult to notice a trend that could be putting your health in jeopardy. Different people with diabetes have different needs in terms of the frequency and timing of their blood testing. Some people may need to test before and after meals, as soon as they wake up in the mornings and before they go to bed. Others may only need to test twice a day. People with type 1 diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes who are on insulin generally need to test more often than others.
By using blood sugar level charts and logs and regularly recording your findings, you might notice how your numbers change after certain factors are introduced. For example, when your activity level changes, your glucose levels will change with it. Even a minor illness, an infection, or a new medication can cause a dramatic change in your glucose numbers.
What To Put On The Chart:
Blood glucose charts are designed to help you to keep track of what's happening to your body. The chart has spaces where you can record your results, the time of day for each test, and there is also a comments box where you can make notes on what you believe is the cause of the change in your glucose level. These charts are free, and all you have to do is go online and print one out for yourself.
Most people are very diligent about listing the results they find at each reading, but probably not as many people make the notations about the changes they may notice. If your sugar level suddenly spikes, you need to make a note of what happened that day that might have had an effect. Even if you are not sure of the cause, it can be extremely helpful to jot down what you did differently that day. This information will not only help you to see ways to modify your behavior to keep your levels closer to normal, but it can also be useful to your doctor in deciding the type of treatment you may need or any adjustments that need to be made.
Blood sugar charts and similar tools all help to create order out of the chaos. By making good use of the blood sugar charts and logs you can not know what your blood sugar level is at a particular moment in time, and you'll be able to see results vary with certain food choices or activities. This can make a huge difference in helping you to stay on track.
Free Blood Sugar Level Targets Chart with Printable Blood Sugar Log:
To download this free printable blood sugar chart log, click here.