The LifeScan logbook helps people with diabetes keep organized daily records of blood glucose levels in relation to their insulin dosages and the amount of carbohydrates they eat, according to the company. Over time, the notes let patients see patterns, which aids them in setting goals. LifeScan designed the logbook to be simple for patients to complete and easy for them to share with their physicians.
In the beginning of the logbook, patients enter their blood sugar goals before and after meals, LifeScan instructs. This information comes from medical personnel supervising patients' care. Each subsequent page has space to record levels for a week. The patient enters glucose levels before and after each meal, as well as the amount of carbohydrates he eats and any insulin he takes.
Regular checking of glucose levels shows the effects of exercise, illness and stress, Healthline states. Monitoring also alerts patients to dangerously low or high blood glucose levels. High levels sometimes lead to heart disease, nerve damage or kidney disease. Effects of low blood glucose range from general weakness to coma.
Patients typically test glucose levels with a portable monitor or glucometer, explains Healthline. A drop of blood goes on a testing strip inserted into the device. A digital display shows the blood sugar level.