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Data Nerdery and recording

Discussion in 'Blood Glucose Monitoring' started by bulkbiker, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    For graphing I just use the chart function in excel itself although I'm still running excel 2008 (until they stop supporting it then I'm switching to Libre Office as of 2019 I think..
     
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    Boo1979 Other · Well-Known Member

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    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I have looked at Vertex's templates and they are very good, I use the Open Office ones they have as they work with Libre Office.

    The Excel ones are on site as well.

    https://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/blood-sugar-chart.html
     
  4. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I use an excel spread sheet and have done since 2014. I designed it myself.

    All my meter test results are on there, plus BP, cholesterol & lipids, liver & kidney functions, full blood counts, vitamin and mineral test, weight, HbA1cs, Libre data, and food diary (although I got fed up with this and stopped keeping it in October)

    I have graph data for all my meter tests split into fasting, before each meal, and after each meal at different times (1 hr, 90 mins, 2 hrs, 2.5hrs and 3hrs. ) plus bedtime.

    At the moment I am having a testing holiday. I stopped on 10th November but am using a Libre. I only use my meter at the moment for some comparison tests with the Libre.
     
  5. Oldvatr

    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    Disagree. I used mine to a) trim the timings and doses of meds, (b) show the GP and get agreement to change scrips accordingly, (c) justify my use of SMBG and get GP to supply second meter and strips on scrip. (d) to show to other HCP that the LC diet I am using is working for both weight control and bgl control, and BP lowering. (d)+1 Use in discussions with other diabetics how I have turned my condition around (f****) No I am not swearing, but that is the next letter - Impress the Mormons to educate them in LC ways since they are coming tomorrow to discuss this very topic. Makes a change eh? (g) share info with forum members to demonstrate that I am expressing my own experiences not some fantasy adventure,

    So to return to the OP Yes I use EXCEL since it is available as open access for free on the web, and can use cloud computing so I can access it anywhere I want to even if my laptop goes T***ts up
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Do you/can you download your Libre data into the spreadsheet?
     
  7. Oldvatr

    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    sorry I have a DIY logbook.
     
  8. Boo1979

    Boo1979 Other · Well-Known Member

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    I wasnt saying there was no purpose / point in recording data. - its an obvious and Inwould say essential part of self management of any chronic health condition
    What I was saying was that individuals posting their individual data onto a forum covering a varied audience with a whole range of diabetic diagnoses and where there are already multiple sub fora dedicated to sharing data appears like a pointless exercise which I would find incredibly boring.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Yet you seem unable to keep away...
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I tend to agree - my eyes glaze over every time I glimpse a graph that has no meaning or context for me. No doubt of use to the person who made it, but I doubt of much use to anyone else. Same reason I never go into any of the BG posting threads - somebody else's BG levels hold absolutely no relevance for me personally.
     
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    Oldvatr Type 2 · Expert

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    I think that presents a challenge to anyone

    https://flameeyes.blog/2016/03/21/reverse-engineering-the-freestyle-libre-cgm-chapter-1/

    Not a Libre user myself, so not going to pursue this further, but it seems that you can use an App called Diasend to milk the data and then export it back out in different formats. EXCEL talks text or csv format, but has other data import formats such as XML and ACCESSDB formats.
     
    #31 Oldvatr, Dec 11, 2018 at 12:02 AM
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    MikeyJ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would struggle to keep a food diary or record & graph BG readings so just rely on the basic functions of the meter to inform my dietary choices which works ok for me. I guess if you're a data enthusiast then there's plenty of Apps and tools out there so go knock yourselves out!:)
     
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    The reason I started to do a few graphs was to get up my GP's (at the time) nose, she demanded a paper logbook she supplied.

    She got printed logbooks and most of the graph stuff I post here as well, every time I saw her til I finally got to her and pushed enough of her buttons for her to tell me to find another GP. I used to call her Doc Holiday as she was forever taking them.

    My GP looks through them briefly and says "Good good, I will look at them in depth later." He probably chucks them in the bin soon as I go out the door. :D
     
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    I've just started using mysugr and although I have to manually enter data for now, it's really easy to use and is helping me start trying to eat to the meter.
     
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    MySugr, Fat Secret and My M Health. I do need to explore MySUgr and learn to put in food, exercise and weight data and then maybe I can ditch Fat Secret.
     
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    I use Mysugr and myfitnesspal they seen to complement each other quite well. I also eat a ketogenic diet and this seems to work for me. I'm about to be given a Freestyle Libre monitoring system so it will be interesting to see my readings from that.
     
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    I use the apple health app that's built in - over the years I've kinda gone through this journey of always wanting to use 3rd party apps but lately have found that really all you need is to use the built in apps from phone/smartdevice. Things tend to integrate better (which makes sense because it's all made by the same developer), plus it's nice to be able to see graphs and charts to get an idea of how you're doing over the long run
     
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    Hi. I have recently been using a Freestyle Libra sensor and am a bit confused with the morning readings. I tested on waking and levels had been between 4.5 and 5.3 throughout the night by the time I'd had a shower and tested again before breakfast it was 7.9!! This is on the high side for me. Is this normal to have these spikes without eating or drinking anything?
     
  19. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Not a T1 so not sure.. could be your basal running out? Maybe start a new thread in the T1 area and you'll get more visibility?
     
  20. jillsymes66

    jillsymes66 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ok Thanks
     
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