This section explains how to record your data in Diabetes Pilot for Mac. Diabetes Pilot can track your glucose, food, medication, exercise, and nearly any other type of information that you'd like to record.
To enter new data, go the the My Records page by clicking the My Records icon in the toolbar.
To record a new data item, click on one of the buttons at the bottom of the main screen:
For more information on entering the details of these items see Recording and Editing Data below.
To edit an existing item, click on the record. Clicking on the record will take you to the Details window for the record (see Recording and Editing Data below)
When you enter a new item change an existing one, it may or may not be immediately visible in the list on the main screen. The display in the My Records section depends on the filter settings that you have set - see Displaying Your Data for more information.
Your data is automatically saved when you exit Diabetes Pilot Desktop - there's no need to tell Diabetes Pilot to save your data.
Diabetes Pilot allows you to record information in as much or as little detail as you would like - it provides for both quick data entry as well as the ability to record additional details when needed.
When you create a new record, a detail window will appear. The date and time will be set to the current time. You can change the date and time if necessary by typing over the values or using the arrow controls located next to each entry. Then, enter the values for the item:
You can enter notes in the space provided. These notes will appear in the "My Records" list.
A category for each record can be also be selected. This category can be use to categorize records in any manner that is useful to you. You may want to use the category to identify records by time of day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc). The category list can be customized however you would like. To customize the category list, finish entering your record. Then, click on the small "Edit" button below the category list on the "My Records" window.
Click "OK" when you are done making your entry. The details window will close and your record will be added. Clicking on "Cancel" returns you to the previous screen without saving your changes.
When you add a food record, you can use the food database in Diabetes Pilot to record your meal details and add up the contents of the meal.
There are several ways to add foods to your meal record. To start, find a food that you'd like to add to the meal by using the food database on the right side of the window. See Using the Food Database for more information about the food database, finding foods, and adding new foods. After you've found the food that you want, add it to the meal record by dragging it to the "foods in this meal" grid.
After you've added to food to the Meal Details, edit the entry as necessary. Change the "Qty" column to reflect how many servings of that item you've eaten. The nutrition values shown in the grid reflect the "per serving" values (just like on a food label) - they are multiplied by the quantity you've entered and the meal totals are calculated accordingly. Double-click on the values to change them. When you're editing an item in the grid, you can also use the "tab" key to move through the grid. As you make changes to the Meal Details, the totals will be updated.
If you want to add a food that's not in the database, click the "Quick Add" button. A new item will be added to the grid. You can then edit it as necessary. If you'd like to save the new item in the database for future use, just drag it from the grid to the food database window.
If you want to quickly enter your own self-calculated carb total without bothering with entering individual foods, just click the "Quick Add" button to add a single item to the grid. Then, adjust the carb total as necessary.
You can also save and recall entire meals, so that you don't need to re-enter details for meals that you frequently eat.
To save a meal for future use:
To recall a previously saved meal:
Many of the food descriptions are abbreviated. This helps Diabetes Pilot Desktop work with the handheld version of Diabetes Pilot and allows the food descriptions to fit in the available screen space. You can get a list of the abbreviations here.
You can delete your records if necessary.
To delete an individual record:
To delete a group of records by date: