A good way to track your progress and recognize patterns that affect your blood sugar levels over time is by maintaining your daily log.
Aside from keeping track of your blood sugar levels, remember to write down anything that’s outside of your normal routine. If you notice unusual symptoms or an unexpected change in your numbers, please call your healthcare professional. What you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat can all affect your blood glucose levels. So can exercise and stress. All this information will help your doctor recommend how to adjust your treatment plan if it becomes necessary.
You’ll also notice that your blood sugar readings vary. That’s ok. Blood sugar levels always vary. They vary from person to person and from time to time in the same person. Speak to your doctor about what ranges are right for you.
Check Your Level
Your doctor will tell you when and how often to check your blood sugar.
Write It Down
Fill in the date and time of your blood check as well as your Lantus® dose.
Make notes on exercise, food, or any unusual occurrences, such as symptoms or stress in your life.
A Helpful Tip From a CDE
Rather than thinking of your blood sugar as good, bad, or worse, think of your blood sugar as controlled or uncontrolled.
No matter what you have to do to get and keep your blood sugar under control—meal planning, physical activity, and/or medicine—it is worth the effort.
Remember to bring your log to your next appointment and to call your healthcare professional if you notice major changes in your blood sugar levels.
*Based on TRx data from IMS Health, NPATM monthly database, time period from May 2003 to September 2016.