Diabetes Pilot is software for helping diabetics manage their diabetes though logging glucose readings, medications, weight, blood pressure and exercise and analyzing the data through log books, reports, and charts. Data can be entered through computer input, importing from a .cvs file, restoring from backup, by syncing with a portable device using Diabetes Pilot or importing from a database file sent by e-mail from that same portable device . The available portable devices are; iPhone, iPod, Palm or Windows Mobile Device. This review is on the PC version 5.2. I used an iPhone 4S running iOS 5.1 to test the sync function of the software.
The installation of Diabetes Pilot was smooth and uneventful. You are provided the opportunity to select the programs install location and the database is stored in the My Documents folder in a folder called Diabetes Pilot Data. If you uninstall the software, you will have to manually remove the data folder if you do not plan to reinstall Diabetes Pilot.
You can enter your data either directly from the software or by syncing/importing from a mobile device. Data can be synced using one of three options. You can choose to have both platforms update each other with recent changes, force the computer to override the handheld or have the handheld override the computer. I performed at least 100 syncs during my usage of Diabetes Pilot over the last few months and I never had a problem until I updated iTunes. It seems there is a problem with a new version of Bonjour which is a service used by Diabetes Pilot. On their website I found an explanation of the problem and a link to download a compatible version of Bonjour. So far I have not had a problem with the downloaded version of Bonjour and no other program seems to care.
Direct entry from the desktop is straight forward. Along the top of the My Records page you can choose the data type to enter. When you select a data type, a dialog box opens where you can enter your data.
If you have existing data in a spreadsheet, you can import that data, if your data is properly formatted . The Diabetes Pilot online manual covers the required format very well and I was able to import months of data that I exported from CoPilot Health Management System.
Datasets can be saved for each user and then imported back into Diabetes Pilot. More on that function in the Data Backup/Restore section
Although accurate and convenient for detecting type 2 diabetes and prediabetes in adults, current HbA1c cutoffs may not be enough to diagnose diabetes in children.
A 2010 clinical practice guideline from the American Diabetes Association recommends that physicians exclusively use the HbA1c assay to detect diabetes. The guidelines recommend a cutoff of 6.5% or greater for diagnosis.
However, researchers for two recent studies highlight significant vulnerabilities in the recommended test’s ability to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes in children.
In the next two articles we’re going to discuss the concept of "normal" blood sugar. I say concept and put normal in quotation marks because what passes for normal in mainstream medicine turns out to be anything but normal if optimal health and function are what you’re interested in.