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Diabetes Knowledge

Using tags to tame your diabetes monster

5/19/2022 by mySugr

Using tags to tame your diabetes monster

We have a lot of experiences every day. Events and emotions are a part of our daily life. Without ups and downs, joyful and not-so-joyful events, life would be pretty boring. As a person living with diabetes and a Monster Tamer it is important to document those emotions and events. Why? See for yourself…

The chaos of your day

To have diabetes means a lifetime of learning. And we can learn much from our data.
An example: You know them for sure – days where everything happens in a blur. A
quick lunch, hurry to an important event, stressing about the next place you need to be
and you need to stop and get gas for your car. Quick! A blood sugar check before your
next stop. Yikes. Blood sugar is up at a dizzying height. As an experienced Monster
Tamer, you know what the hustle and bustle can do to your blood sugar. But how can
such "events" be best documented?

With tags!

 

emotional tag - Jen Hibbits.jpg

 

How to use tags?

You’ve probably already seen tags in the mySugr App. The tags are small icons that
describe certain situations and emotions.

emotional tag - Jen Hibbits.jpg

 

When you create a new entry, you’ll find almost 50 tags that you can use to help add
context, or tell the story of that entry. You can easily select them with a quick fingertip
tap. If they are active, they appear green. You can deactivate it with another tap.

 

show tags - Jen Hibbits.jpg

Reorder tags

Some tags you'll use very often, and you can move them to the front of your list. Tap
and hold with your finger on the tag, move it to the desired location, and then let go.
Tada! You have your favorite tags right where you want them!

Why use tags? What are the advantages?

Every piece of your diabetes data has a story. The tags help tell that story. They help
you understand your diabetes and the relationships between certain situations and your
blood sugar better. They help you find patterns in your values and help your healthcare
team interpret your data. Diabetes management and optimization is much easier with
some context than trying to explain situations that you can’t remember.

Browse and search by tags

It's always a good idea to tag the first value after waking with the "fasting" tag. Then you
can search mySugr for all of your fasting values. That’s something doctors often ask. If
you need a “foot on the floor” (or wake up) bolus, then tag it, too.

Are you seeing high values for breakfast and you don’t know why you’re so high? Take
a look and see if you forgot to take your “foot on the floor” bolus! Or search to see if you
have a pattern with similar foods that are causing high blood sugars in the morning.
See! Tags can shed some light in the dark.

search tags - Jen Hibbits.jpg

Before or after sports

Other favorites are the "before sports" and "after sports'' tags. When you check your
blood sugar before or after exercise, include these tags. It’s not uncommon that after

exercising blood sugar can go on a bit of a roller coaster. So these sports tags help to
identify patterns to adjust and optimize your diabetes management after a few
well-tagged outings. Maybe you will need to change something with your carbohydrates
or try a different basal adjustment. With these tags and some experiments, you can find
what works best for you!

after sports tag - Jen Hibbits.jpg

Try it for yourself

You’ll see after just a few entries how quickly a pair of matching tags can be selected
and what you can learn from them.

The mySugr website does not provide medical or legal advice. mySugr blog articles are not scientific articles, but intended for informational purposes only.

Medical or nutritional information on the mySugr website is not intended to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a physician or health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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