What is a Blood Sugar Chart?
A blood sugar chart, also called a glycemic chart or glucose chart, is a reference tool designed to assist individuals to monitor their blood sugar levels. This chart shows specific target ranges for blood glucose levels throughout the day, including measurements taken before, after, and at bedtime.
The primary demographic who commonly utilizes a blood sugar chart are individuals diagnosed with diabetes, which is a chronic condition that compromises the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. They use this chart by comparing their actual blood sugar readings to the values indicated on the chart. By doing so, they can ascertain whether their glucose levels fall within the health range or if one needs to intervene to make the necessary adjustments to lower one’s blood sugar levels.
Our take on the blood sugar chart, which you can download as an editable template, has within it a list of general target levels for patients without diabetes who are diagnosed with prediabetes/diabetes and an empty chart where you can keep track of your patient’s blood sugar over a specific period.
Although our chart and other charts you can find online are no doubt useful, it’s important to recognize that the values on a blood sugar chart may vary significantly depending on factors like the type of diabetes, the patient’s age, their overall health, and the presence of any co-existing health conditions. Hence, it’s best to either create a personalized sugar chart or take note of any considerations to tailor it according to their medical circumstances and unique requirements.
How does it work?
Step1: Get a copy of the template
Ensure you can conveniently access a valuable source like the blood sugar level chart. You can do this by clicking the “Download Template” or “Use Template” button. Alternatively, you can find the chart by searching “Blood Sugar Chart” in Carepatron’s template library on the website or app.
Step 2: Fill out essential information
If you plan to maximize the chart’s utility beyond visual aid for patient education, you should include essential patient details such as their blood sugar test results.
Step 3: Analyze and interpret
Utilize the provided chart to compare the patient’s test results with the established normal levels. Alternatively, you may compare it to the personalized one you created for your client.
If you plan to use the one found on our template, don’t forget to consider factors like age, gender, and whether or not they have prediabetes/diabetes.
Step 4: Record
In the designated section of our template, document and track your patient’s blood sugar daily or over a few days. This information will be useful as you monitor their levels and adjust their medication if needed.
Step 5: Secure the template copy
After the consultation, you must securely store the template, restricting access to relevant parties only. For digital copies, we recommend using Carepatron, a free patient record software that complies with global security guidelines to ensure that all medical records are safeguarded.
Blood Sugar Chart example (sample)
We’ve created a PDF file of a completed blood sugar chart template that’s printable and digitally accessible. Don’t hesitate to view, print, or save a copy when you need an idea of how to use the template as you analyze and interpret your patient’s results. Do note, however, that the information in the example is fictional. Furthermore, how the chart was used is only one of the many ways you can make the most out of the template. It’s highly encouraged that you use it according to how you deem fit and base it on machine or laboratory test results.
Access and save a copy by viewing the sample below or clicking the “Download Example PDF” button.
When would you use this chart?
A healthcare practitioner who has their patient undergo a blood sugar test may utilize our blood sugar chart template in the following key scenarios:
- Interpretation: Every time a patient undergoes a blood sugar test, the referring physician may use the blood sugar chart to interpret what the results mean. Furthermore, if needed, you can add the A1C equivalent so you may simultaneously interpret results from the blood sugar test and A1C blood test.
- Diabetes Management: Blood sugar charts play a pivotal role in diabetes management. This will be especially helpful to the patient or the caretaker who can now understand the numbers on their glucose meter and whehter to maintain what they’re doing, take their medication, or head to the hospital for immediate medical intervention.
- Monitoring Effects of Diet, Exercise, etc.: With our blood sugar chart, especially in the section where writes down the patient’s blood sugar levels after waking, after eating, etc., you and your patient can better see the effects of diet, exercise, stress, and illness on their blood sugar. Knowing these will help with diabetes management as well.
- Observe the Impact of Medication: For any changes in medication, it’s best if you, your patient, or their caretaker keep track of the patient’s blood sugar to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment and decide if there are any alterations needed.
What do the results mean?
Results on a free blood sugar chart provide valuable insights into an individual’s blood sugar control, giving you a snapshot of their diabetes management and overall health. Typically, results are represented by numerical values, specifically fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels.
For general interpretations of these values, please refer to the summaries below:
Patients whose blood sugar levels are within the range found on the blood sugar chart - whether personalized or general - generally indicate good sugar control. The values suggest that the body effectively manages glucose, reducing the risk of immediate health concerns and/or the development of possible complications.
Patients with elevated blood sugar levels may have hyperglycemia, especially if they consistently exceed the target range. Having this condition may lead the patient to develop complications if left unaddressed. Aside from that, treatment, diet, or lifestyle adjustments may be required from the patient to keep their blood sugar levels in check.
Alternatively, you can refer to the blood sugar levels for diagnosing prediabetes and diabetes in the template.
On the other hand, patients who have abnormally low blood sugar levels may have hypoglycemia, which can also result in immediate health risks and requires immediate intervention to raise blood sugar levels.
Results from the glucose meter can also be used to examine trends or patterns to identify issues with blood sugar management or see how medication, diet, or physical activity can influence one’s blood sugar levels.
Why use Carepatron as your Blood Sugar app?
Choosing Carepatron as your preferred app for interpreting results with a blood sugar chart and conducting blood sugar tests offers several advantages to healthcare professionals like you.
Carepatron's centralized workspace allows you to seamlessly manage clinical documents, electronic patient records, patient appointment reminders, and even medical billing without additional software. This integrated approach simplifies and streamlines processes, enabling you to focus more of your time and attention on patient care.
Moreover, Carepatron is committed to enhancing efficiency and productivity by offering customizable tools and workflows tailored to your unique needs. It empowers practitioners and patients to handle administrative tasks such as service booking and paperwork, improving their experience within and beyond the app.
Accessibility is a top priority for Carepatron, as the app is compatible with various devices. This portability allows you to make clinical notes on the go, ensuring that patient and practitioner data is securely stored in compliance with global security requirements, including HIPAA, GDPR, and HITRUST.
To truly grasp its benefits, consider trying Carepatron for yourself. Sign up today and join the countless healthcare professionals who have already experienced the advantages of using Carepatron!
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