Type 2

By Tabby283 Latest Reply 2011-03-20 07:50:03 -0500
Started 2011-03-18 17:19:15 -0500

Well I was diagnosed with type 2 on February 7th 2011. What a shock and disappointment! My life has had to change so fast. I am still having a hard time adjusting. I feel like it is all my own fault!!! If I had of lost some weight or made better choices I would not be here today.
This site has helped me get through it so far by reading other conversations and posts. When you are type 2 and take metformin twice a day how often should I be checking my blood sugar level?

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-20 07:50:03 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. To repeat Alan, "It's not your fault." Unless you were the one who picked your genes it was out of your hands.
You should discuss with your Dr. about how often to check. Currently I am supposed to do it 2x a day. But I have some days I check more often. When I am trying to determine how a food will affect my system, or if I am experiencing symptoms of High or Low levels I do some extra tests. The Dr. didn't specify what time of day to test but suggested I follow what my body needed. Most days I do the pre breakfast test and pre - bed test. Occasionaly I will rotate the tests for a week. Doing pre- breakfast and post breakfast on Mon. Post breakfast and pre- lunch on Tues. Pre and post lunch on Wed. Post lunch and pre-supper on Thurs. Pre and post supper on Fri. Post supper and pre-bed on Sat. That gives me a sample of times with only the two tests. Since my insurance only covers 2 tests a day cost limits me from more tests.
I am on metformin 2x daily.

alanbossman 2011-03-19 22:16:42 -0500 Report

Just remember getting diabetes is not your fault. My diabetes came from family members uncle,grandmothers, etc. I have lost 45 pounds and weight 170 I do take less meds. now compared to when i was first DX. And my doctor said if i lost weight he might take me off the meds, I guess that won't happen anytime soon. I take metformin 2 times a day also and 15 units of insulin, and I check 4 times a day and sometimes up to 6 times a day.

realsis77 2011-03-19 13:19:48 -0500 Report

Hi. I always follow my doctors recomendations for testing. It could be different for different people. As for me my doctor wants me to test 4 times a day. I'm also on insulin and rely on my results for administrations of my second insulin. Its best to see what your doctor wants you to do. I wish you the very best! God bless!

Kirla 2011-03-18 22:02:24 -0500 Report

I believe you should be testing at least before and 1 hour after eating each meal to see how the foods you eat are affecting your blood sugar. I found that the following is what helped me the most.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

jayabee52 2011-03-18 18:30:27 -0500 Report

Checking your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") should occur at MINIMUM 2x/day IMO. 2st just after you get up for the day (fasting BG#s) and then just prior to going to bed so you know that you're not going too low before you sleep. You might ALSO want to check your BG#s 2 hrs after meals, so you know how that meal has affected you.

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