Whenever you make a goal to control your diabetes, you should make a score board to keep track of your progress. When you have a score board, you will know in which direction you are going, if you are not showing good score, it means you have to make an effort to improve yourself.
Scoreboard can be in the form of graph, bar, pie chart, tables. For example your goal is to achieve HbA1c 5.5%. You can plot a simple graph of your HbA1c reading every three months. Paste it on your room or bathroom door so that you can see it frequently.
You can record your daily fasting blood glucose level in a chart every day. When you look at the chart, you will know your progress at a glance. If it’s improving, you can continue your plan. If there is no improvement in your fasting glucose levels, then you need to check where lays the fault, either you are over eating or your medicine dose is inadequate. The scoreboard will help you correct yourself.
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Keep your scoreboard at an easily visible place. Where you and everyone in your home can see many times a day…it keeps you reminding that you have to work towards a goal. A good place can be your refrigerator door, whenever you open the fridge to get something to eat, you will stop before you over eat.
Review your scores daily, weekly, monthly and three monthly. Unconsciously you will make an effort to improve your score. Your tempo will change, you will be motivated, you will work fast to achieve the goal.
The purpose of keeping a scoreboard and dealing with all these numbers is to hold you accountable. In fact it is the accountability of all the stake holders, the diabetic, his family members and his doctor. If your score is not up to the mark your doctor has to change your medicine dose, your family has to control your diet and exercise and you have to follow the plan.