I just finished a two-part series reviewing all current services that offer online blood glucose tracking tools that I am aware of. At the very least they let you do glucose tracking online, but most of them do much more.

Part 1: http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/84404/57629/tracking-glucose
Part 2: http://www.healthcentral.com/diabetes/c/84404/61449/glucose-tracking

Have you tried them? What are your thoughts about these online tools? Pros and cons you see to each?

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I've been using SugarStats pretty extensively for about two months now. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good. I bought a monthly subscription, and have been tracking all my food/meds/activity/blood glucose.

Pros:

- Entering data is really easy. I like that you can do "add multiple entries" and in one screen, add meds, food, glucose readings, and activities. It's really fast.

- It's nice you can tag things with custom tags (like "1 hour after dinner" or whatever)

- It's nice you can comment on all the stats.

- it has nice drop-downs that remember previous entries. For example, I type in "yo" and my standard "yogurt & honey" breakfast auto-populates the food description and # of carb text boxes.

Cons:

- BIG ONE: They have NO WAY to easily print out graphs/stats in a format that I can bring to my doctor. Yes, they have a few graphs that you can do a printscreen on, and that's somewhat helpful, but things like a 30 day graph of my fasting number is pretty important, and there's no easy way to do it.

I'd also really like a printable stat report. I don't know about everyone else, but my doc will not take the time to look at my stats on the computer, even if I make it available to him (which you can). I need something that will print out everything I enter in a compact and easily readable format, and it doesn't have this.

I've talked to the sugarstats guys, and they say they are working on additional reports, but I haven't seen anything yet.

- You can export blood glucose numbers so that you can look at them in Excel or other software apps, but only glucose numbers. I'd like to see activity/food/meds as well.

- I wish there was a way to specify Fasting numbers. It seems like that's a stat that a majority of people track, and there should be a checkbox to specify Fasting. I can mark it "fasting" with a tag, but that's kind of a hassle.

- I wish there were more options for graphing tagged numbers. I tag fasting and 2 hours after breakfast/lunch/dinner. I can see the average number for each tagged item, but I can't make a 7-day graph of my "2 hour after breakfast" number, for example.
Sugarstats you don't need to print them up and take to your doctor. they give you an address to you page and you give that to your doctor they can view all your stats and even comment to you online. I love this feature
I don't know about your experience, but no doctor that I've had will do anything on the web.
Just purchased a Cincinnati Bell Smart Phone and my son-in-law added the app "OnTrack" for me. My daughter has the app on her phone and is having no problems. How she is doing with it, she has not said. I am still learning and looking for help. It does cover Insulin, food, carbs, med, exercise and A1c posting. There are grafts that can be made also. If any one is using that App. yell out I need the help. My daughter did say to Google it as she did for help, so that I will give a try. Once again if you have the App. please help me out,....... somehow.
@ Chele
I've been using OnTrack for over a year and found it really helpful.

The latest version seems pretty intuitive to me. What questions do you have?

Cheers,
Corinna
Corinna: My problem is I can not get it to work and retain my numbers. Is there a website that you go to, to turn the app. on? Just do not know what I am doing?

Please help me !
I find myself searching for Categories I want to use each time. the only ones that are permanent are Medications and Food. I can not get Food, A1c, Blood pressure, and weight set up as categories. I would greatly like some help with this. Chele
Hi,
Sorry for the tardy reply. I didn't see your post before.

For OnTrack (on an Android phone) to set up the categories you want to use (i.e., Food, A1c, etc.) from the HOME menu click on SETTINGS. Scroll down to TYPES. Click on TYPES then click on whatever you want to track so that the check mark is highlighted. That will "turn on" that category.

After you turn the categories on, you set the units for glucose, HbA1c, and weight by clicking on those items listed on the SETTIINGS screen.

To enter your info, from the HOME menu click on ADD. Click on the down arrow next to TYPE to see your list of categories. Click on whatever you want to add then fill out the rest of the info. DATE and TIME default to the current moment but you can change them if needed by clicking on them.

Note: for food the data entry screen has a place for the total number of carbs consumed. But if you want to record what you ate you have to click on the NOTES tab at the top of the data entry screen and type in the info you want to record.

There's a website about the program at http://www.gexperts.com/products/ontrack/ontrack.asp You can get there by clicking on you phone's menu button and then clicking on OnTrack's HELP button.

Hope this helps!
I've been using healthengage for several months; since I have a blackberry its easy to update by going to their mobile web site and updating my readings its alot easier if you are not near a computer
Sounds great but it is out of service. Is this just temporary? Does it happen often?
So I got on this morning and signed up. I do not find the app for my blackberry, is that in the pro version?
Looks like a pretty cool website though.
I must admit that I've looked into some of the online diabetes management sites, but I've decided not to participate. I am concerned with privacy, and the lack of control that could arise from what happens with my personal, private health information.

Any thoughts abouut my concerns?

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