Change can be good. Embrace it! We’re always working hard to improve our products here at mySugr. After all, you deserve the best, and we want to give it to you. That’s why we took the time to give our Bolus Calculator a little sprucing up. Our brand new Bolus Calculator algorithm comes with some great new advantages, and we’ll walk you through them right here.
Here is your foolproof guide on how to set up the new mySugr Bolus Calculator. Let’s go!
Psst… if you need a bit of extra help, reach out to your doctor or diabetes team to help you with this setup.
First things first, welcome to the wonderful world of the mySugr Bolus Calculator.
There are two ways to get started:
- Open the sidebar and go to ‘Profile & Settings.’ First, tap ‘Settings,’ and then ‘Bolus Calculator Settings.’
- Alternatively, on your homescreen in the app, tap the + icon in the bottom right corner. Then, enter values for ‘Blood sugar’ and ‘Carbs’ and tap ‘Calculate.’
We’ll start by giving you some important information. Make sure you read this carefully and remember, you can tap the, ‘Read User Manual,’ button to find out more. Then, you can go ahead and tap, ‘Get started.’
New feature alert! To ensure your settings remain safe and protected, you will be asked to secure your Bolus Calculator. If your mobile device is already secured with authentication, like a password or fingerprint, this will keep your settings safe. If not, we’ll ask you to set up authentication throughout your user journey. Simply tap, ‘Open Android Settings,’ to secure your smartphone.
All About the Insulin
Now, it’s time to select your insulin. Choose the insulin you use for carbs/meals and for corrections.
Here’s where we get into the nitty gritty:
1. Diabetes type. Go ahead and fill in your diabetes type in the required field. Now, if you’ve already set up your mySugr Logbook, your diabetes type will be pre-filled in this field. The value that you enter here will also update the setting in your logbook*
2. Blood sugar unit. Select which unit you use when measuring your blood sugar.*
3. Hypoglycaemia. Select at which value you consider your blood sugar to be too low. This is another value that will be pre-filled according to your mySugr Logbook settings.
4. Offset time. New feature alert! Allow us to introduce you to Offset time. The Offset time describes how long it takes before your blood sugar starts to go down after an insulin injection. Make sure you read all of the information on screen and then fill in your Offset time.
5. Acting time. We’ll then ask you how long your bolus stays effective after you’ve injected. Or, in other words, how long you count your bolus insulin as still on board in your system.
6. Maximum Bolus. Let us know the highest amount of insulin you would give yourself in one shot. This parameter will ensure that the mySugr Bolus Calculator doesn’t recommend an unusually high insulin dosage for you.
7. Insulin Increments. Select how you would like your recommended insulin units to be rounded. Choose between tenth units, half units, and full units.
8. Carbs unit. Let us know how you count your carbs. Select either Grams or Exchanges. Again, this information will be pre-filled from your mySugr Logbook.*
9. Meal Rise. New feature alert! Here, we ask you to let us know by how much your blood sugar is allowed to go up after a meal before you need additional insulin (bear in mind that this meal rise is in addition to your target range). Find out more in the blogpost here.
10. Target Range: To set up your optimal Target Range, you’ll be asked to select a lower and upper value range.
11. Insulin Correction Factor: Here you’ll be asked to enter how much 1 unit of insulin lowers your blood sugar.
12. Carbs/insulin ratio: Let us know how much insulin you need to cover the carbohydrates in your meals, the question will read, “How many carbs can you eat for 1 unit of insulin?” If you select exchanges, the question will read, “How many insulin units do you usually inject for 1 exchange?”.
13. Summary screen: Phew! You’re almost there! Here, we will provide you with an overview of your Bolus Calculator settings. You can either confirm the settings, edit them, or forward them to your healthcare professionals. Once you tap, “Confirm Settings,'' you’ll be asked to authenticate yourself. We <3 maximum security.
We <3 to Double Check
To make sure everything continues to run smoothly, we will ask you to review your Bolus Calculator settings when:
- You change your Logbook settings and they conflict with your Bolus Calculator settings
- You’ve had the Bolus Calculator setup for longer than 3 months and have not reviewed your settings during this time yet
- You change your timezone
If you decide to change your settings, you’ll have to go through the full set-up flow again. This helps to ensure that the settings are working together to provide you with a reliable recommendation.
Country availability: The new mySugr Bolus Calculator is currently available in Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Germany Luxemburg, Ireland, UK, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden.
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