Setting up your account in Diabetes:M is a simple task but it requires great accuracy as this data will correspond with the advice the application will provide. To make sure there is no confusion, here is how to configure your first account in the Diabetes:M.
Initially, you will have to fill out information like username, email, and password to start your account. You will also need to write down your country of residence and Nipro ID, if applicable. When this is complete, it’s time to start with the Configuration Wizard.
1. The first thing you have to add is your preferred measurement system – metric or imperial. In other words, whether you work with kg, g, mm, cm or with Ibs, oz, fl, inch. You can imagine how mixed up things can go if a simple setting like this is overlooked.
2. Then choose the blood glucose units you use – mmol/L or mg/dL. This part is very important as it allows the app to have accurate calculations of your blood sugar levels which are in the essence of any diabetes treatment.
3. The next essential step is to add the carbohydrates units you work with. Putting the corresponding units will ensure that the app’s advice is correct. You can choose from:
- Bread units (12g)
- Exchanges (10g)
- Exchanges (15g)
4. Afterward, the Configuration Wizard will ask for more information like gender, weight, height, and an activity factor. These characteristics are of key importance as their influence on the Bolus Advisor is very big.
5. The activity factor corresponds with the amount of physical exercise you have in everyday life. It’s of key importance to log any type of fitness activity you perform as it affects blood sugar drastically.
6. Next is the therapy preference. The options to choose from are:
- Non-insulin treatment
- Multiple daily injections – If this is your option, you will have to input the insulin dose increments you work it (0.5U, 1U, 2U). This setting is crucial as it will indicate the Bolus Advisor’s calculations.
- Insulin pump – If this is your option, you will have to log the brand of the pump.
7. Then it’s time to add medicaments, choosing from
- Rapid/short-acting insulin – with this option you can choose the brand as well.
- Intermediate/long-acting insulin – with this option you will have to add the basal rates (units per hour)
- Medications – can choose a name from the drop-down menu and add dosage
8. Lastly, you need to specify the 3 essential factors that the app needs in order to give you the necessary support:
- Target ranges – These levels will be used to warn you when glucose is getting too high or too low. Moreover, they will be needed to adjust medicine dosage or insulin shots.
- Insulin sensitivity – This data is needed for the app to calculate how much insulin your body needs for a given period of time.
- Insulin to carbohydrates ratio – The app needs this information to understand how many units of insulin the body needs to cover a certain number of carbohydrates.
However, if you are unsure about any of these elements, consult with a doctor first.
Overall, configuring your first account in Diabetes:M requires just a couple of steps but putting the correct information in these settings is fundamental, because it ensures the app works properly and is as helpful as possible.