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Monday, June 18, 2012

Glooko for You (a giveaway!!)

I used to be excellent at logging my blood sugars and food and all of that other stuff important to diabetes management.  Used to be is the key phrase in that sentence.  In the past few years I’ve fallen out of the logging habit.  I can download all of my CGM info from my pump.  And I am pretty good about always entering my blood sugar readings into my pump, so I can download that info as well.  As for the food . . . . I just don’t log any of that anymore.  But I’ve been using a new tool / app that may get me back to being a good logger.

You may have already heard of Glooko, a logging app for iPhone and iPod Touch.  A while back I signed up to help beta test the Glooko IR Adaptor, which adds Accu-Chek to the list of meters compatible with the system.  I downloaded the free Glooko app to my iPhone and my cables arrived in the mail.  I’m currently using both Accu-Chek and OneTouch meters, and it was so easy to upload my blood sugar readings from all four of my meters into one logbook using Glooko.  I simply plug the cable directly into my OneTouch meters, and use the Adaptor to transmit the data from the Accu-Cheks.
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There is a pretty extensive food database in the Glooko app that I haven’t played around with too much yet, but it could get me back on the food logging wagon too!
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Once you’ve got all of your info entered or downloaded, you can view the logbook on your phone or you can email logs to yourself, your doctor or anyone you choose.
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If being better about logging is one of your diabetes goals, I think the Glooko system is an excellent tool to make this easier - both in the logging itself and the sharing of the information.  My only wish, which I’ve shared with the Glooko team, is that there was some kind of graphing or charting included because for me, the visuals help me spot trends and problems more easily.  However, the data can be emailed as a .csv file which can then be charted in Excel.  (Not that I could figure out how to chart it, but my Excel-whiz engineer husband could probably do it for me.)

When I signed up to help test Glooko with my Accu-Chek meter, I was sent the cable and adaptor free of charge.  I was not required to post about it, but I’m happy to share the information with you.  I’m also happy to share the Glooko system with one of you!!  I accidentally received two sets of cables and adaptors, and when I asked the Glooko team how I should go about returning the second set, they graciously told me to keep it for myself or give it away to a friend.  So if you’d like to try Glooko out for yourself, leave a comment on this post with the words “Glooko Giveaway” and I will enter you to win the extra set!  I’ll draw the winner next Monday and announce it here.  Good luck!!

16 comments:

  1. No iPhone, but I do have an iTouch.
    So - please enter me in the Glooko Giveaway.

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  2. I don't do iPhones or and iTouch, but I love that you're offerning this! Good luck to who ever wins. :)

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  3. I'm in for the Glooko giveaway! Maybe a new technology help would be the motivating boost I need?!?

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  4. Please Enter me in the Glooko Giveaway, that is so cool that they let you do that with the extra one

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  5. Bad luck has been hautning us - winning the Glooko Giveaway would feel like winning the lottery! My T1D gals consistent new highs seem to imply the honeymoon's over. Sigh.

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  6. I would love to give this a go. AND I have an iphone. Please enter me in the Glooko Giveaway! :)

    Jillian @ http://dailydiabeticblog.blogspot.com

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  7. Pick me! Pick me for the Glooko giveaway! I would love to give this a whirl on my Iphone!!!

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  8. I want to be part of the Glooko giveaway, please?

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  9. Enter me, Please! I have been wanting to try one of these!! I'm a total nut with my iphone and think it would be great!

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  10. Glooko Giveaway!

    Probably my #1 thing (ok not #1, but it's way up there) I need to improve upon is my logging. I have had the hardest time finding something that is convenient - I carry a small spiral and that "works" but I would love to have it all in my iPhone, along with everything else! Much more user friendly and practical. ;)

    Thanks, Karen! You rock.

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  11. I would like to enter the Glooko Giveaway contest. I have an iphone. I am terrible with keeping track of what I eat, why I'm having highs and lows, when I'm stacking my insulin, etc. I could use the extra help with logging for my type 1 diabetes.

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  12. Glooko Giveaway... My son was diagnosed in Oct. I am so excited about the glooko to help track. I have downloaded the app but need the cord to sync his "numbers". I am also a special ed teacher working w students with diabetes. The school nurse and I are searching for tools to make the time in the nurses office more efficient. Looking forward for a chance to win a Glooko.

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  13. Hi Karen! My IPhone will be arriving in about 3 days, so please enter me in the Glooko Giveaway! I never log anything, cause i can just download my pump, but the food database sounds awesome and then i can log what i eat and get a better idea of which foods do what to my blood sugars!

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  14. I would love to be entered in the Glooko Giveaway! I have downloaded the app and have been using manually and would live the ability to sync with with my meter. thank you for the chance!!

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  15. Please enter me in the Glooko Giveaway! I have been wanting to try it for a while now but I just can't justify the cost as I just graduated from college and am still job searching. Thanks!

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  16. I have read about Glooko. It sounds amazing. I would love to be able to send the info to our doctor who is over two hours away. Our 3 year old has been running high lately, sounds like tracking with Glooko could help us figure it out. Thanks for having this contest giveaway!!

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