2 posts tagged “HbA1c scores”

New Feature for Diabetes Patients – Monitor Your Blood Glucose

Posted January 6th, 2012 by

A few weeks ago, we launched a new blood glucose feature, which allows members with diabetes to record and monitor the concentration of glucose in their blood on a daily basis.  Here’s a look at the resulting profile chart:

The Blood Glucose Profile Chart at PatientsLikeMe

In a recent PatientsLikeMe Poll, 88% of responding diabetes patients said they have a goal for control of their blood glucose.  Many of you on the site have told us before how important it is for you to monitor your blood glucose to treat your diabetes.  With this new tool, you can now easily input your blood glucose levels as often as you’d like—even noting the exact time the test was taken—and see your results over time on your PatientsLikeMe profile.

The glucose chart (pictured above) displays which readings fell outside of the normal range, which is also known as hyperglycemia (when the blood glucose level is too high) or hypoglycemia (when the blood glucose level is too low).  We know some of you are already monitoring hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia on your profiles, but we’re glad that you can now record to what extent your blood glucose levels were out of range.

Were you already monitoring your HbA1c lab results (a test that measures blood glucose control over time) via your profile?  Thanks to the most recent site improvements, you can now drag and drop your labs to view your blood glucose levels and HbA1c results side-by-side.

Do you want to get a better picture of what’s going on with your health, spot trends and, ultimately, take control of your diabetes? Join the PatientsLikeMe diabetes community today to monitor your blood glucose levels and other factors relevant to your health.  If you’re already a member, visit the new Labs & Tests page to add this new feature (or one of our other new labs) to your profile.

PatientsLikeMe member Jeanette DeVita

Results from PatientsLikeMe Diabetes Poll

Posted November 22nd, 2011 by



PatientsLikeMe Introduces Daily Glucose Monitoring Feature in December

CAMBRIDGE, MA – November 22, 2011 – According to a recent PatientsLikeMe® Poll, one out of every two type 2 diabetes patients (50%) and nearly two out of every three type 1 diabetes patients (65%) say having diabetes affects their holidays.  More than half of respondents (59%) say the upcoming holiday season, marked by Thanksgiving and Christmas, is most difficult for controlling blood glucose; 25% don’t find the holidays difficult.  When asked what strategies they use if their blood glucose rises after increased consumption during the holiday, diabetes patients had mixed responses with three in four type 1 patients (76%) changing their medication dosage, while type 2 patients try alternative things like more exercise (34%) or just avoiding glucose-raising items altogether (34%).  Two hundred and twenty-six (226) diabetes patients sharing their health data on PatientsLikeMe.com responded to the poll.

A Word Cloud of Terms That Appeared Six or More Times in Our Poll Respondents' Freeform Comments

“This week represents the beginning of a challenging season for diabetes patients faced with group meals and gatherings that could impact their health,” says Ben Heywood, President and Co-founder of PatientsLikeMe.  “We all have family or friends with diabetes and these poll results give a glimpse into some of the challenges they face and the strategies they use to overcome them.”

Are diabetes patients sensitive about discussing their disease with family and friends at the table during the holidays? An overwhelming 90% say no.  However, more than one in three patients (38%) still feel friends and family don’t understand how diabetes affects them during the holidays.  With holiday meals and parties so prevalent over the next six weeks, many of the respondents (84%) say they manage with what’s available, while 16% make some adjustment to accommodate for their diabetes (7% host to be in control, 7% eat before going out and 2% bring their own meal).

Highlights of the Recent PatientsLikeMe Poll (Click for Full Results)

PatientsLikeMe will introduce a daily blood glucose monitoring feature for its 2,000+ diabetes patients in early December. Patients will be able to report daily glucose levels, as well as continue sharing and learning from HbA1c scores (used to monitor the glucose control of diabetics over time), treatments and dosages (such as Metformin or insulin) and symptoms and severity (including blurry vision, excessive thirst and fatigue).  In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, PatientsLikeMe recently collaborated with industry and nonprofit partners to launch the CallingAllTypes (www.callingalltypes.com) campaign in an effort to help raise awareness and funds for the disease.

NOTE TO EDITOR: The complete PatientsLikeMe® Poll results can be downloaded here. All poll results must be sourced as originating from PatientsLikeMe®.

PatientsLikeMe® Poll Methodology
Between November 14th and November 18th, PatientsLikeMe invited all diabetes members to participate in the PatientsLikeMe® Poll, with 226 members completing the poll. Respondents represent patients with both type 1 diabetes (24%), where patients are usually diagnosed at a young age and need to daily blood glucose monitoring and insulin therapy, and type 2 diabetes (73%), where patients develop the condition gradually over time typically due to environmental factors resulting in increased blood glucose levels. In this poll, more than 200 respondents shared their HbA1c scores, with 49% reporting a score of 7.0 or lower (which represents well-controlled glucose).

About PatientsLikeMe®
PatientsLikeMe® (www.patientslikeme.com) is the world’s leading online health data sharing platform. PatientsLikeMe® creates new knowledge by charting the real-world course of disease through the shared experiences of patients. While patients interact to help improve their outcomes, the data they provide helps researchers learn how these diseases act in the real world and accelerate the discovery of new, more effective treatments. [Follow company news on www.twitter.com/PatientsLikeMe and https://blog.patientslikeme.com]