Setting Preferences

Diabetes Pilot allows you to set several different options in the program. These options can customize the behavior of Diabetes Pilot to your needs and help save you time while entering data.

Setting Preferences

Editing Categories

Setting Preferences

To set general program preferences, select "Preferences..." from the "Diabetes Pilot" menu. The "General" preferences tab allows you to set several options that determine how Diabetes Pilot works:

  • Blood glucose ranges. Set your limits for high and low blood sugars and a target range. These values are used with various reports.
  • Default Medication: This allows you to specify the medication that appears as a default when you are entering a new medication entry. If the medication you want isn't in the list, just type a new one in the box.
  • Default Exercise: This allows you to specify the exercise that appears as a default when you are entering a new exercise entry. If the exercise you want isn't in the list, just type a new one in the box.
  • For Meals Show: This allows you to specify which nutrient data appears for Meal records on the record listing screen and in certain reports.
  • Glucose Units: This items allows you to select between either mg/dL units (typically used in the United States) or mmol/L units (typically used throughout the world) for glucose measurements. Please note that if you change this setting, your existing glucose data and target glucose ranges will be converted to the system of measurement that you select. Please note that converting back and forth between the two systems of measurement may result in small changes to your data that are caused by rounding during the conversion process. For this reason, you should select the system that you prefer and then leave this setting unchanged. Important - If you are using Diabetes Pilot Desktop with a handheld version of Diabetes Pilot, be sure that you are using the same units in both the desktop version and the handheld version.
  • Smart Categories: When "Smart Categories" is turned on, the program will try to preselect an appropriate category for your new records, based patterns in your previous records.  This can save you time when entering new records.  When this setting is turned off, new records will start in the "Unfiled" category.  In any case, you can always change a record's category to whatever you'd like.
  • Share New Foods: When this setting is turned on, new foods that you add to the database will be sent to DiabetesPilot.com.  By sharing your new foods, they are considered for inclusion in future versions of the program - you're helping other people by sharing the food information that you add. This happens anonymously, automatically, in the background.   None of your meal data, record data or other personal information is sent, only the nutrition data for new foods that you add.   If you don't want to do this, simply turn this setting off.
On the "Reports" tab, you can set the following option:
  • Additional Text to Display on Reports: The text that you enter here will be displayed on any reports that you create.  You can use this to enter your name and any other data that you'd like to appear at the top of your reports. 

Editing Categories

Diabetes Pilot allows you to categorize your records however you would like. Many people like to use these categories to group their records by time of day. However, you can change the category names to anything that you'd like.

To edit the category list:

  1. On the "My Records" display, click the small "Edit" button under the category list on the left side of the window.
  2. Use the New ("+") and Delete ("-") buttons to modify the list.  To rename a category, double-click on it.

Because you can use any categories name you want, Diabetes Pilot does not automatically know how to order the categories in reports. You need to tell Diabetes Pilot the order that you'd like the categories to appear.

To change the order of the categories in reports:

  1. On the "My Records" display, click the small "Edit" button under the category list on the left side of the window.
  2. Select a category by clicking on it in the list.
  3. Use the "Move Up" and "Move Down" buttons to change the order of the category.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the categories are listed in the order that you want them to appear.