The University of California, San Francisco offers several types of printable diabetic food diaries on its website. The intensive log book allows the user to record not only the foods eaten, but also her blood sugar level and type and dose of insulin or other medications.
If the user only wants to track her blood sugar level at certain times of the day, the University offers a simple log book. A more comprehensive, downloadable diary includes blood sugar level tracking with space for notations about exercise, food and medication doses. The website has two versions of this type of diary, one for diabetics who do not take insulin and one for those who do.
MyNetDiary.com offers online tools, including a website and iPhone app, for tracking diabetes. A diabetic can use the online functionality to track measurements, including blood glucose, carbohydrates and insulin. The Diabetes Tracker on the site also helps with diet planning through the Analysis screen, which highlights the individual's nutritional intake versus established goals. The screen also provides a weekly analysis so that the user can easily see which days were tracked and which meals were missed.
Controlling the amount of blood sugar is essential to the long-term health of a person with diabetes. Keeping a food diary plays a key role in that goal because it helps a person better understand her carbohydrate-counting skills and the effect of splurging or snacking on foods with high amounts of carbohydrates.