Medically Reviewed By: Tom Iarocci, MD
If you have diabetes, then you know how hard it can be to get your blood glucose levels under control. With the help of this handy, free printable diabetes logbook, you can track your blood glucose levels and see how food and exercise affect your glucose. You will even begin to recognize patterns so that you can troubleshoot your own glucose control with your doctor. By using the diabetes logbook below, you can help learn how food, the addition of a medication, and exercise all affect your blood sugar. After understanding these things, you will have the power to take action, to make healthy decisions each day to better manage your diabetes.
How To Work With Your Free Diabetes Logbook:
The Life First OneTouch system provides free downloads for printing. This is just one example of diabetes a diabetes logbook.
The key components are the date and time of testing, the timing relative to meals and fasting states, and a recording of your carb intake as well as your diabetes medications. You can also capture in the comments section things that have to do with what you ate, whether you exercised, your stress level, etc.
1.) Fill in the date.
2.) When testing blood sugar before and after meals, write down the "before-meal" result in the Before column and the "after-meal" result in the after column. "Fasting" refers to your blood sugar reading before breakfast (or when you wake up).
3.) Jot down how many carbs you've eaten and any amount of medication you've taken.
4.) When your result is high or low, circle it so you can see it at a glance.
5.) Use the comments section to remark on anything important-like diet, exercise, or stress.
6.) Test your blood sugar as recommended by your doctor.
Always follow the directions in the product labeling that comes with whatever monitor you are using.
Goals Or Features Of A Diabetes Logbook:
- A diabetes logbook is a tried and true way to track your results and easily observe trends.
- Discover when your blood glucose is in or out of range.
- Observe your trends over time so you can help set realistic goals.
- Plenty of space to record daily blood glucose levels, insulin dosage and comments.
- Simple, yet portable and an easy way to take with you on the road or share with your doctor.
Additional Free Printable Diabetes Logsheets – Courtesy of Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE
Weekly Logsheet: An excellent general record keeping form for those taking multiple doses of insulin. 7 days on a page, broken down by meals and snacks. Includes room for blood sugars, insulin, grams of carbohydrate and physical activity.
Detailed Logsheet: Same as weekly logsheet, but columns broken down by hour and more area for notes. 3 days on a page.
Pump Users Logsheet: A record keeping form for pump users. 3 days on a page, broken down by hours. Includes room for blood sugars, grams of carbohydrate, boluses, basal rates, physical activity and notes.
Rotating Pattern Logsheet: Ideal for those with Type 2 diabetes; 6 days on a page. Includes space for blood sugars, medication, food and activity. Gray boxes denote alternating test/recording times in order to capture patterns throughout the day and night.
BG Patterns Logsheet: Track your blood sugar patterns by recording your readings before all meals and snacks.
- Glycemic Index Table: This valuable reference will help you to determine when to take your insulin boluses.