Hi Siri - I don’t use all of the features on Diasend but I can share some of what is meaningful to me. There’s a lot of information in Diasend and I won’t go over everything I look at as I don’t want to get too long here.
The first thing I look at is the Compilation tab. This page summarizes the leading particulars of my diabetes management. I’ve set for myself some blood glucose goals and I compare the info on the compilation page with my goals.
My four main goals, in order of importance to me, are: CGM percent time in range, CGM percent time low, standard deviation, and average blood glucose.
My time-in-range goal is 80%; I set my range from 65 mg/dl (3.6 mmol/L) to 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L). I shoot to keep my CGM percent time low, below 65 mg/dl, to less than or equal to 5%. My standard deviation goal is less than or equal to 30 mg/dl (1.7 mmol/L). Finally, my average blood glucose goal is less than 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L). I look at the 14-day and one month time periods for these four goals.
The Compilation tab also show the average daily insulin dose and the number of carbs consumed. The carb number will only be accurate if you use the carb dose function on your pump. I monitor these numbers and can see, over time, if they are going up or down.
I also wear a FitBit exercise monitor bracelet. Diasend can pull this info into the program and also display it on the Compilation tab page.
In the CGM table on this page, I look at the AUC numbers for both high and low. AUC is a statistical term that means “area under the curve.” If you have zero excursion above or below your chosen upper and lower limits (mine are 65 and 140), then the AUC number will be zero, the best possible number. This information is also reflected in the % high and % low numbers elsewhere.
I check out my average daily insulin amount as well as the split between basal and bolus. Some doctors place an importance on this split being 50%/50%, but I don’t understand the value in that.
I like the standard day chart under the CGM tab. That shows the hour by hour graphic representation for whatever period you select. Here’s a recent 14-day CGM standard day graph for me:
I like the 14-day period. So, all the 1:00 a.m. hour info for all 14 days is put into one graphic image. This image, a stick-like one, shows average blood sugar, median, as well as all the percentile landmarks. The median is the 50th percentile. The lower and upper limits of the rectangular box are the 25th and 75th percentile. The sticks that extend above and below the box show the range of the data below the 25th percentile and above the 75th percentile.
So, if I haven’t lost you already, here’s what I look for in this graphic:
Ideally, all the averages, for each hour of the standard day, should be contained within your desired range.
Next, the lower edge of the box, the 25th percentile, should also be contained within your chosen range. If it’s not, then you are experiencing too much hypoglycemia. It wold be nice if Daisend also depicted the 10th percentile. You can estimate and if you can keep the 10th percentile within your ideal range, then that is best.
Now I look at the upper edge of each hourly box. Is that within your range? If so, that’s great. It means that you don’t spend much time in hyperglycemia.
Overall, in an ideal (non-diabetic) situation the hourly graphics would all be compact and within the ideal BG range.
So you can see, at a glance on my chart above, that my control is much better in the second half of the day than the first.
Sorry if I’ve overwhelmed or confused you. I was never formally trained in statistics and much of what I know has been learned trying to make some sense of my blood sugar numbers. What’s surprised me, however, is that most doctors don’t know much more than I do! I hope that your nurse has a good grasp of statistics and Daisend and can explain things well. I find Diasend valuable. I don’t use it everyday but do look at my charts a few times each month. Good luck. Please share what you learn on Friday.