Getting started

Thank you for choosing Diabetes:M! 
When you launch the application for the first time, it will guide you through initial configuration. You'll need to enter your personal data, medications, treatments and glucose levels and sensitivity settings.

On the first screen Diabetes:M will warn you about the user policy and other information.

Measurement units
On the next screen you'll have to setup your desired measurement units. The application will show all data converted to those units:
  1. Units of measurement, you can choose from:
    • Metric units - kilograms, grams, mililiters and centimeters
    • US units - lbs, oz, fl, inch
  2. Blood glucose unit, available options:
    • mmol/L
    • mg/dL
  3. Carbohydrates unit, available options:
    • Grams
    • Bread units (12 grams)
    • Exchanges (10 grams)
    • Exchanges (15 grams)
Personal data
On the next screen of the configuration wizard you have to enter your personal data. It's very important to enter the data marked with asterisk(*) because some of the calculations in the application are made based on this data.
Fill the following data in this page:
  1. Name
  2. Sex
  3. Weight
  4. Height
  5. Birthday
  6. Activity factor
Therapy type
Choose your diabetes therapy type. This will let the application know what settings to ask for on the next screen and also to calculate your medications in a better way. Choose from:
  1. Multiple daily injections - if you're on insulin using insulin pens.
  2. Insulin pump
  3. Non-insulin treatment - if you're on other types of medications like pills.
Used medications
Depending on the therapy type from the previous screen, the application will let you choose from different types of medications.
If you've chosen "Multiple daily injections" the app will let you add short acting insulin, long acting insulin and other medications if you use any. If you've chosen "Insulin pump" the app will let you choose your insulin type, set your basal profile (insulin per hour, by different intervals through the day) and other medications if you use any If you've chosen "Non-insulin treatment" the app will let you add pills or other medications with default quantity and your dose.
Glucose targets, insulin sensitivity and insulin ratios The next screen will let you choose your target glucose levels, insulin sensitivity and insulin to carbohydrates ratio. The following parameters are very important for precise insulin calculations.
  1. Hyperglycemia and high glucose levels - those levels will be used by the application to warn you when your glucose is high or too high. Also those settings will let the app show you warnings for example to delay your next meal if your glucose is high. Those settings will be used in the provided charts and diagrams too.
  2. Glucose target - your desired perfect glucose level. This parameter will be used by the app to calculate the needed medicine dosage/insulin units among with other settings.
  3. Hipoglycemia and low glucose levels - those levels will be used by the app to warn you about dangerously low glucose levels. They'll be also used in the provided charts and diagrams.
  4. Insulin sensitivity (hourly) - Insulin sensitivity factor (ISF) is very important for precise calculations for the needed insulin. The application will use this parameter to calculate how much insulin your body will need for a given period of time. Basically this is how much insulin is needed to lower your glucose level to normal ranges if it's currently high in a period of 3-4 hours. If it's hard for you to determine this factor, please leave it by default and try to set it properly after testing your ISF carefully. You can test it by injecting very small amount of insulin when you're with high glucose levels and check how your glucose levels react, checking them every 30-40 minutes during the next hours. Before trying anything like this talk to your endocrinologist.
    For more information please check those articles:
     - http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/www.diabetesincontrol.com_images_issues_issue_496_insulin_sensitivity_factor.pdf
     - https://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/page.aspx?cat=7001&id=7605
     - http://dtc.ucsf.edu/types-of-diabetes/type2/treatment-of-type-2-diabetes/medications-and-therapies/type- -insulin-rx/calculating-insulin-dose/
  5. Carbohydates ratio (hourly) - this parameters tells how many units of insulin your body needs to "covert" a specified number of carbohydrates. For example if your ratio is 12, your body will need 1 unit of insulin to cover every 12 grams of carbohydrates that you eat. If you can't determine this value precisely please leave it by default and ask your doctor how to calculate it precisely.
    For more information on how to calculate this ratio please visit:
     - http://www.bd.com/us/diabetes/page.aspx?cat=7001&id=7303
     - http://www.mendosa.com/insulin_carb_ratios.htm
Those settings are very important for the correct calculations in the application. If you're not sure what they need to be please consult with your doctor.
After finishing the initial configuration you can start using the application and take control over your diabetes!
Continue to the next part of the guide: Using the Logbook