Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Confessions of a Data Nerd . . . .

My latest Loop post is up, and this time I’m talking about my nerdiness.  I wish I was an adorable, cool nerd like Sheldon or Leonard or even Amy Farrah Fowler.  Instead I’m just the kind of dork that loves to pour over my CareLink graphs and charts on a weekly basis.  I sometimes plug the data into formulas to try to predict my A1C or to decided just how well (or not) I’m doing.  Crazy, huh?

If my  nerdy confessions haven’t scared you off, click on over to read all about my data addiction on the Medtronic blog.  And please, if I’m not the only one with nerdy diabetes tendencies, I’d love to know!!

** My Medtronic disclosure can be found here. **


  1. No, you are not the only one with nerdy diabetes tendencies-I also check my Medtronic data a lot :) I weirdly find it comforting to see patterns or my numbers looking better. I love seeing a pie chart that's majority white!

  2. And you're such a nice nerd. Really!

  3. Love to read about these reports. Would be great to also know what you do with them.
    Do you use the reports to confirm you are doing well (I love that warm fussy feeling)?
    Or, do you use them to make small changes to improve the results next time?

    1. It depends on what I'm seeing in the reports. Once a month my overnight basals need to be increased for about a week due to hormones (joys of womanhood), so when I see that they are trending up and the timing is right on my calendar I will go ahead and make that tweak. Also, quite often the reports show me where I've been slacking - for exanple, sloppy carb counting or not giving my insulin time to work before I eat. It's a good reminder to tighten things up a bit. But for major changes, I usually touch base with my endo first.

  4. One of the reasons I chose the food-tracking site I'm using is there's a GREAT DEAL you can track, and you can download the data in one-week chunks. I'm not a chart guy, but I love having data. This weekend, I'll have a month's use of data, and I Have Plans for it. :)


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