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Making Data Meaningful: How I Use The New CareLink Personal Reports

Making Data Meaningful: How I Use the New CareLink Personal Reports | The LOOP Blog

One of the best features of wearing a continuous glucose monitor to me is the data that it provides. Being able to upload data and view reports plays a critical role in my diabetes management plan. My doctor and I review these reports at every appointment in order to make the best decisions for my diabetes moving forward.

I have always used the CareLink® Personal reports, but was super excited to learn that Medtronic was releasing additional reports that were previously only available to my healthcare professional team. You can read more about that announcement here.

There are 7 new reports, but there are three that are my favorite and the ones that I look at the most.

Therapy Management Dashboard

This report has a lot of information in it, but it is a starting point to get an overview of the data. The very first piece of information that I look at is the sensor glucose graph. This gives me the most basic overview of what my average daily glucose graph looks like.

From there, I like to look at the breakdown of basal vs. bolus insulin usage. I try to find patterns of when I am using the most insulin. This is usually going to be at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if I find spots that seem to be a bit higher, I can use other reports to dig deeper into that extra insulin usage.

On the right hand side of this dashboard report, I like to look at the patterns of hypo/hyper-glycemia, as well as the pump use data. For example, I like to review the insulin Total Daily Dose (TDD), the Basal/Bolus ratio, how many manual boluses (my endo likes this number to be low), and also how much insulin was used for corrections.

The final piece of information that I use from this dashboard is the Sensor Use data. I look at the Average Sensor Glucose value and the amount of Low/High alerts from the sensor.

Editor’s note: The total daily dose is the total amount of insulin taken in one day. The Basal/Bolus ratio is the distribution amount of basal (background insulin) and bolus (for meals and corrections.)

Episode Summary

The episode summary provides information for my endo appointments about specific situations that I may have forgotten about. For example, it tracks any hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic episodes that may have occurred during the date range selected.

In the reporting of these episodes, the CareLink report will show me if these were nocturnal hypoglycemic episodes or not. This is an important report to me because my endo and I may need to change a basal rate during that time.

On the other end of things, this report also provides details about any hyperglycemic episodes that may have occurred. For example, I have an issue with overcorrecting a low and then going high. This report details how many times that occurred. This is something that is a personal goal of mine to reduce the amount of hyperglycemic episodes that occur from over treating a hypoglycemic episode.

There are multiple other episodes that are included in this report that may be useful to you, but these are the ones that I look for in this report.

Logbook

Making Data Meaningful: How I Use the New CareLink Personal Reports | The LOOP Blog

I love the logbook report because I have not successfully used a logbook continuously since two weeks after my diagnosis. The logbook allows me to easily look back at everything (blood sugar levels, insulin dosages, basal rates, highs, lows, etc.) I like to review my daily averages and also to be able to see how much insulin I was using as corrections vs boluses.

I have been trying to cut back the amount of insulin that I am using by eating less, so this reports gives me a great daily snapshot of everything.

Since Medtronic has released these reports to allow for personal use, they have significantly helped me make better decisions. Not only do they help me make better decisions, but they also help me figure out which questions I need to be asking my doctor. I only have a certain amount of time during my visit, so I have to be prepared with as many questions as possible in order to receive the most out of my time.

Overall, I feel that these reports have helped me in managing my diabetes in whole more efficiently. I have been able to determine which foods I can cut out, how to handle exercising and working out at the gym to prevent any low or high blood sugars, and most importantly, been able to clearly spot trends which leads to better conversations with my healthcare team.

Have you been able to use these new reports yet? If so, what are your thoughts?

Editor’s note: Visit our website for FAQs and download the Getting Started guide.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

CareLink® Therapy Management Software for Diabetes is intended to be used together with advice from a healthcare professional familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. Do not make any changes to treatment without talking to a healthcare professional first. For more information, please visit www.medtronicdiabetes.com/about/safety.html.

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