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Vince Brewerton has had type 1 diabetes for nine years. By using a software program that was compatible with his glucose meter, he was able to learn how to tighten his control. The software allowed him to see how his glucose levels changed throughout the day and, in turn, adjust his insulin doses accordingly.
Brewerton describes himself as a "visual person" who prefers to have his readings displayed graphically, as in the charts his software produces, rather than looking at numbers on a page. "It has helped me see important trends that have allowed me to modify and improve my day-to-day management," he says.
He also notes that, while a computer can make the job of analyzing blood glucose readings easier, you still have to test frequently for the program to work properly. Brewerton, who is highly motivated to keep tight control over his blood glucose, tests his blood sugar eight to nine times a day. "Unless you are testing your blood sugar regularly," says Brewerton, "you won't have enough readings to actually look at trends and really learn about your level of control."
Having developed an effective control regimen with the aid of his diabetes software, Brewerton no longer relies on it to maintain tight control. "It served as a learning tool for a period of time," he says.
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