What should I consider when getting a blood glucose logbook?

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You may want a lot of room to write in your blood glucose logbook. Consider buying a spiral-bound notebook or using a loose-leaf notebook, where you can add pages as needed, to jot down extra notes. You may find it useful to have extra space to record different symptoms and situations that could be relevant to your health. Your logbook is an important tool for looking for patterns in your blood glucose control, so be sure that it is easy to use. Notebooks also offer lots of room to write for people whose fingers might be a little stiff.

Logbooks should include:

-   Spaces to record the date, time, and blood glucose measurement

-   If you take insulin or other medications, you’ll want spaces to include doses

-   Spaces to write down comments, such as what you ate, whether you worked out, etc.

Some meters come with an electronic logbook that records your readings and allows you to enter comments about your meals or other situations. Some people may prefer the convenience of using an electronic logbook rather than paper. However, you should always keep some type of logbook rather than just storing readings in your meter’s memory.

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