When to test

Biscotti's Mom
By Biscotti's Mom Latest Reply 2011-03-21 22:11:19 -0500
Started 2011-03-20 00:46:53 -0500

How long after you eat should you test? My doctor said test 2x per da, but when.

Just got a meter yesterday. Last night the number was 388, this am 340.

I do not know what I am aiming for? Just lower, how low is too low? How high is too high?

10 replies

WendyFR 2011-03-21 22:06:52 -0500 Report

I test before every meal and snack. I eat every 4 hours so, I don't check after I eat, then check befor I go to bed. My doctor advise that 80 to 120 is normal range. My doc tells me for better control, test your blood sugar before and after meal, which I did in the beginning. The more numbers you have, your doctor can adjust your medication or decide what kind of medication will work best for your body.

jonsismac 2011-03-20 19:03:32 -0500 Report

I test first thing in the morning and two hours after breakfast. I am on insulin and the Dr. put me on a sliding scale. It is easier to control my levels. I also test before going to bed and take insulin depending on the BG level. If I am going out for lunch or dinnner I try to calculate my carbs and take insulin accordingly. I try to stay under 60 carbs. Your Dr. should set you up with a Dietician. Check local clinics to see if they offer free classes. Good luck.

RAYT721 2011-03-20 12:03:27 -0500 Report

Testing as often as you can, especially when newly diagnosed, would be my vote. You cannot really test too much except for the cost of the strips. The best times to test are one to two hours after your first bite of food (not after you finish eating). Keeping a log would be a great idea for the newly diagnosed to share with your doctor and for medicinal need (ie insulin). Keep a journal of meals, moods and times/readings as often as you can to sense patterns of what is and isn't working for you. Your readings are quite high. Make sure to share them with your doctor ASAP. With good readings around 100, common sense is screaming when you are in the 200s and 300s. Test … then taste … then test!!!

Kirla 2011-03-20 10:36:32 -0500 Report

I can’t tell you what I think of your doctor’s advice. But when diagnosed my doctor told me it wasn’t necessary to test at all. After reading Diabetes for Dummies and researching online I was starting to wonder what my blood sugar was doing. So after about a week I decided to find out for myself.

I didn’t know I could buy a blood sugar meter over the counter. I seen an add from Wal-Mart that had a meter for around $9.00 and strips cost $20.00 for a box of 50 strips. I went against my doctor’s advice and bought that meter and started to test before and 2 hours after each meal. At first my readings were in the upper 200’s and 300’s. Then after some diet changes they started to drop a little bit every day.

Well I have insurance and was wondering if they covered testing supplies. I pay lots of money for insurance and if they would pay, I wanted them too. So I called and when I got to were they said for diabetic supplies press 2. I pressed 2 and next thing I know I was talking with someone who asked how many times a day do you test. I said 5-6 times a day. The lady gave me a hard time and I said 5 times a day on average. Well within a few days a got a large box of testing supplies in the mail. They now pay for 7-8 tests a day.

Sorry kind of got off track. Well after testing 3-4 months, I was starting to wonder just how high after eating my blood sugar was spiking. At about that time I discovered the Dlife forum. There was a guy on there that kept telling people to test their peaks. On his blog http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/d-d... he gives specific advice on testing your peaks. So I followed his instructions and found I peak at about 1 hour after eating supper. So for the last year and a half I have been testing my peaks one hour after eating.

You can listen to your doctor and test whenever he wants you to but I don’t think you will learn much by what he wants. I don’t see how he will ever know how many times you test unless you tell him. Testing is not like taking drugs or insulin where one mistake and you end up in the hospital. I figure what you learn from testing is worth doing it. If you don’t have insurance or money is a problem you can always start with one meal and test before and after to see how the foods you eat affected your blood sugar. When you learn what is bad for you and learn what is ok you can move onto the next meal. Once you learn how to eat you can always cut back on testing. But I believe I’ll be testing everyday for the rest of my life. I have read stories where people get their blood sugar under control and then stop testing and a few years later there worse off than ever. So testing at least once a day or week should be something we do forever.

Anyway this is what helped me control my blood sugar. It may help and then again it may not. I just don’t see a down side. Some people can’t eat low carb vegetables because of certain medical conditions or meds there taking. If this is the case your doctor should of told you already. But if you’re not sure just call and ask. Good luck

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

FlyingRaven 2011-03-20 01:52:07 -0500 Report

I also test 2x a day (once after i wake up in the morning prior to eating or drinking anything) and 90 minutes after my evening meal.
Also there is a company called "better care" where they instruct how to lower the numbers in a safe manor, give recipes and information and its all free. My number's were out of wack for quite some time, so i contacted a health educator and contacted this place i said and now my number's are better then they have been in a year.
lowering your number's can be hard in the beginning especially when a balanced diet is required. 30 minutes of walking or some kind of activity that is physical will help lower them as well, but good numbers can be below 190 (after a meal). I hope that helps.

pixsidust 2011-03-20 01:59:00 -0500 Report

Just me I think 190 is too high

FlyingRaven 2011-03-20 02:05:52 -0500 Report

I read somewhere, where they say number's can go up to 190 after a meal. For myself, i try and keep mine 150 after a meal and then go for a bike ride if its 160 or more.

Kirla 2011-03-20 10:01:29 -0500 Report

I read somewhere that blood sugar starts to do damage above 140. So I try and keep it below that. My numbers change all the time. Sometimes they’re between 70 and 110 and sometimes they go up. Lately they have been between 90 and 140. Am working on getting them back down to what I like them to be. I tested my A1C last week and was surprised it went up so much. Last September it was 5.2 and last week it jumped up to 5.9. Not to good. Back to testing 6-8 times a day trying to figure it out again.

WendyFR 2011-03-21 22:11:19 -0500 Report

My nutritionist told m the same thing that damage starts when your BS is 140 and that normal sugars run from 80 to 120.

pixsidust 2011-03-20 01:27:36 -0500 Report

That does not seem like enough times when you are trying to figure what spikes your sugar. I would call him and question him on this. I tested before and after a meal. One hour before and one hour afterwards. I also test if I feel funny to make sure some thing bad is not going on. After a month I test at least three times a day or on an as needed basis. I am new so more experienced people will have better input. However you need to question him on the prescribed amounts and say why you have concerns.
My numbers are between 96-120 with an occasional 138. Higher than that try to modify and find what is causing the spike. Your medicine may need to be adjusted. Mine was doubled after 10 days and then my numbers became better. Of course better numbers does not mean you can cheat more or watch less