Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is a critical task that patients with diabetes must do to manage their condition. Patients should understand that their blood glucose levels are affected by the food they eat, the timing of meals and fasting, their level of activity, and their medications.1,2
Patients may be overwhelmed with the idea that they must keep track of their blood glucose along with all the other changes required for self-management of diabetes. This tool, the Blood Sugar Diary, can help patients keep track of when to test their blood sugar and record their results.
For patients who are taking insulin, the Blood Sugar Diary can also help patients keep track of when insulin was actually taken (dose and time), which will be especially important during titration and intensification periods.
There are also areas on the Blood Sugar Diary for noting meals, fasting periods, and physical activity, which may help with interpreting blood glucose results. Encourage your patients to bring their Blood Sugar Diary with them to their appointments to share with all of their healthcare providers.
Download the Blood Sugar Diary in either English or Spanish and give it to your patients. It is set up as a 4-week diary and you can print extra pages or make photocopies of the weekly diary pages so that your patients have enough sheets between visits.