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The BG Tracker
« on: December 21, 2016, 03:39:23 AM »
Hi,

We are pleased to introduce you to our latest and best add-on feature, to The Diabetic Pub.

Enter the “BG Tracker”. This module can track your BG over a long period of time, by a single click. The BG Tracker will assist you in monitoring your BG levels, by keeping a record of it and displaying it as a BG Chart.

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All you have to do is enter your BG readings using the BG Tracker in the Diabetic Pub forum. Entries can be made up to 5 times during the day. By default the entries are named as Fasting, Before Lunch, After Lunch, Before Dinner & After Dinner. You are free to use these different “types” of entries for any other parameter that you want to track. For instance, you can use the After Dinner reading as your Bedtime reading, if you like.
 
ACCESS TO BG TRACKER
You can access The BG Tracker by clicking on "USE BG TRACKER" Button in the Right Side Panel. Another access Button is also located in Profile. Once clicked, the BG Tracker will open with 3 Menu Options. New Value (entry), List of Values (What has been entered) & Chart. Please insert a few values before you access the List of Values or Chart.

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MAKING AN ENTRY
By default the New Value entry page will open, which has 3 input boxes. (1) Date – If you click in this box, a drop down Calendar will open up for you to select the date for the entry. You are free to make entries from retrospective date. So feel free to enter your values from previous dates if you like. (2) The BG Reading – In this box you can enter up to 3 digit integers with 1 digit after the decimal, example ‘124.5’. This allows you to make entries in the unit of your choice, mg/dl or mmol/L. Example – If using mg/dl units, you can enter readings such as 98 or 110 etc. If using mmol/L you may enter 6.2 or 8.7 etc. (3) Type of Reading – Clicking here, a drop down box will allow you to choose one of the 5 types as mentioned above. Once you are done with your inputs, click “Save” to store your reading in our database. Each entry will add to the total sum of your forum posts. 

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DISPLAY
You can display the List of Values that you have entered or your BG Chart by clicking on the appropriate button. There is an option to Edit the values that you have already entered should you wish to change anything.

When Chart is displayed, only the lines of the entries made are displayed. If you do not want to see some of the lines displayed, you can do so by clicking on that name Label on top of the chart. That label will be striked through (Like this) and that line will not be displayed, giving you the option to see 1 or more types of your BG readings. By default the chart will only pick up valid BG readings that have been entered and dates which have been left out will not be displayed. Hovering the cursor on any of the displayed points, will show the Date/Type/BG Reading for that entry.

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Below the Chart Date selection boxes are also provided to see the chart for a particular period that you desire. Calendar dropdown is also provided to assist you. Once you’ve entered the “Start” and “End” dates, click on the “Update” button to see a chart for only the period of your choosing. However, the update button will reset the chart & all 5 lines will be displayed. You will once again have to deselect the lines that you do not want to see.

There is also a “New Tab” button if you want to see only the Chart display in a new window. From here, you can use the “Cntrl+P” option to Print your chart or Right Click & save the image on your computer.
 
In the Profile View of each member (to the left of their post) a new icon for the BG Chart has been added. By clicking that you can view the BG Tracker Chart for that User.

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« Last Edit: November 21, 2017, 04:13:47 AM by skb »
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016, 07:04:58 AM »
The icon for a member's BG Tracker Chart can be found in the User Profile in the post as shown in above post

The BG Tracker software was built around the Default Theme. Users of the Blue Piece might experience some display problems. Please let us know if you find any difficulty.
As always, we would love to have your feedback about this new feature. It will also help us improve the forum and make it one of the best on the internet. 
« Last Edit: December 02, 2017, 03:35:36 AM by skb »
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2016, 08:44:31 AM »
Since I am not 'technically savvy' I don't have a good understanding of what it takes to make this feature available to forum members, however I would like to say thank you. 
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2016, 01:56:17 PM »
You don't need any technical skills for this. Just click the Green button on the right which says " USE BG TRACKER " and start using the App.

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If you encounter any difficulties, we will help you out with those.

ETA : You're doing quite well. As you start to add your daily values, your chart will begin to generate.
You can add BG readings from the past as well. Just select the date for which you want to add the reading. You can also add readings for other times (other than fasting, that is). Good Luck. 

« Last Edit: November 21, 2017, 04:16:40 AM by skb »
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2016, 07:57:40 PM »
Oh wow guys. This is really brilliant. I'll add some of BG readings now, and then some more later. Very useful indeed.
 ~gjb~
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2016, 07:27:57 PM »
Hello DP,
An email alerted me about this, so basically I came to check. This App seems to be a very nice & beneficial to people suffering from Diabetes. I will put in some records for AJ to see the patterns in his numbers, though we only have a record of his Fasting numbers. Thank you all for this lovely feature.
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2016, 03:22:39 AM »
Me too. Checking it out and feeding my numbers.
Thank you, this is a very good development.
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2016, 07:17:04 PM »
Thanks to the chart, I can look back at when AJ was getting his best BG numbers, and think back why. It becomes a lot easier this way.
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2016, 07:45:24 PM »
Great. My chart is like the Himalayas right now, and I very well know, why  :-[
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2016, 12:07:34 AM »
@ Wally, I'm super impressed by your dedication to The BG Tracker and the Chart that has generated out of it. Your control is commendable  ~klp~

If you permit me, I would like to display some images here, along with my comments. But only if you are OK with that.
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2016, 07:05:11 AM »
By all means go ahead, I'm not shy.   :D
By the way, I am not sure why but this morning when I click on "use bg tracker" it will not open so I can't make any entries.  I'll try later.
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2016, 05:13:52 PM »
We were working on the buttons a bit last evening and maybe you were online just then, but here's a link, just in case

http://www.diabetic.pub/forum/index.php?action=bgtracker;sa=new

Another way to reach the Tracker is by clicking on the chart blurb/icon in your own Profile to the left of the posts..

Also added it as a Button under Profile.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2016, 12:56:14 AM by skb »
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2016, 10:59:32 PM »
By all means go ahead, I'm not shy.   :D

Thanks. First of all, your control is splendid as seen in the Chart below. Your 2 highest readings are '115', which is superb. And the Chart looks so impressive with all the colors being used.

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That said, when I look at your Before Lunch & Before Dinner lines, I see that you are almost always higher before dinner and have not reached back to your baseline. The gap could be due to a snack in-between, or the time gap is not as large as I assume it would be (5~6 hours). You'll be able to say why.

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These are just my observations about your chart and do not mean to say that I think you should be lower or higher. The numbers / lines are the ones that we would all yearn for. These are just some interpretations on how the Tracker can be of help to us all. 
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2017, 12:26:49 AM »
Good point skb.
Please look at my chart as well and let me know what you see.  :P
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Re: The BG Tracker
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2017, 06:58:57 PM »
You'll need to enter a lot of data like Wally. Right now I see only the Fasting readings & they swing as and when you cheat.
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