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.
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!
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.
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!!