So why not get your data out of your phone and straight into your hands? Yup, you got that right, today we are talking about the reports.
Which report format is right for you?
There are three report formats in mySugr: CSV, Excel, and PDF:
- CSV: it’s the raw format, and is available for free and pro users alike. You can even transform it into an excel format with a few clicks (here’s a good online tutorial to help). It is for the tech-savvy among you.
- Excel: it’s one step further from the CSV, we already did some of the work for you. The advantage of that format is that you are totally free to crunch your numbers any way you like! Correlation calculations between your carb intakes and average BG, distribution of your hypers over a day… it’s all possible! It’s for those of you with the soul of a data scientist.
- PDF: for this one, we’ve done all the work for you. We present a clean and easy to understand report, all wrapped up in a nice package. We designed this format alongside diabetes doctors and CDE’s, and with their input, we’ve kept it in a very simple, traditional logbook layout. This design makes it easy to spot patterns thanks to the consistent time-of-day orientation up and down the page for each day of the week. This report format is great for your doctor visits.
Go ahead! Try them all to see which one best matches your needs! They each have their advantages and disadvantages; the CSV & Excel format gives you more freedom to shape your data, but you’ll need a bit of skill and know-how to get that done, and the PDF format gives you a quick and easy overview without any extra work, but you lose a little bit of flexibility.
How do I get my report?
That’s the easy part! Your reports are available on-demand, anytime. To get your report tap on “Reports” from the mySugr side-menu (three horizontal bars in the upper left corner). From there, you can select:
- Your report format – just tap to see the list and pick your favorite.
- The time period, you can select from the pre-defined ones (2 weeks or 3 months) or set a custom date range. Just tap on the dates and select the range as desired.
- You can view your report right away on your phone or email straight away. Send it to yourself, your doctor, or whoever you want to keep informed about your diabetes data!
(Note: PDF & Excel report formats and custom date ranges are mySugr Pro features)
Now that we’ve tackled the logistics let’s look into the use case.
How do I find my way in the report?
As you can see here, the reports are organized by week. For each week, there is a summary at the top. It gives you a quick overview of your diabetes management for that week and can help you compare against other weeks with a quick glance. If you’re exporting a three-month report, which can feel like a lot of data, looking into the weeks in the red can be a good way to focus on what needs attention.
It’s easy to compare each day. They are “stacked” on top of each other, so when looking from top to bottom, you’ll see all of your breakfasts together, for example. If a column is all red, chances are you’ve got a particular time of the day that needs tuning. Once again, you can use the last column, which contains a daily average, to find out at a glance if there’s a particular day of the week that needs extra care.
One approach is identifying which columns match your meals and post-meal times, allowing you to quickly evaluate how good you’ve been managing them. You can do the same comparison before and after bedtime BGs to evaluate your overnight BG’s, which might help optimize your basal or long-lasting insulin doses.
The notes, tags and detailed descriptions at the bottom of each day are there to help you make sense of the issues you spotted when going over your report. They can help you put aside the days with special events to focus on them separately.
Use the activity row to look back on days with exercise and see how you managed them. In the same manner, you analyzed pre & post meal BGs, you can use the tags and notes to figure out what might have impacted some of your activity.
All that said, the good news is that with a printed report you can freely circle, highlight and comment on everything. We’ve done our best to make it easy to analyze at a glance, but we won’t get offended if you can make it even more relevant by adding your own touch!
So go ahead, sketch a stormy cloud next to the bad days and give yourself some love for the green ones.
For you, the Captain
You are the master of your own fate and the captain of your own pancreas. Not everyone can say that.
The reports are meant for you to go over your treatment decisions and to be used to support your doctor visit, making the conversation more constructive. There’s much that can be said about making your doctor visits more useful, and we’ll talk more about that soon.
Share your thoughts about the reports with us. Tell us in the comments what you like about the reports!