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
Being a border city has advantages and disadvantages, one disadvantage is having to always refer to imperial and metric units against your will. Sometimes you end up with a strange mix, I usually refer to temperature in the summer in F and temperature in the winter seems to make more sense in C.
If you know anyone in the US and have ever had a conversation about blood sugar, it may surprise you to hear how happy they are to have their fasting sugars below 100 (which in Canada would equate to about 5.5), or them to hear you explain how you had a SLIGHT low of 3.5 (which in the US would actually equate to 63).
A DIABETIC woman from Northampton has been presented with a medal to mark 70 years of coping with the condition.
When Grace Jarnell was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes while aged 12 in 1942, treatment was so basic she had to heat her own samples at home over a Bunsen burner to see if she needed insulin.
Now, more than 100,000 injections later, she has defied the worst fears of doctors and been awarded a medal in recognition of seven decades of coping with the condition.