Using a meter

By sparkysmom Latest Reply 2014-05-28 00:06:55 -0500
Started 2008-10-19 07:12:36 -0500

My Dr told me to get a meter and use it. Problem is he didn't say when, he just said once a day. So when do I do it? Was doing first thing in Am and getting high numbers same with last thing at night. Should I do it more often? What time of day is best?

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amyc321 2014-05-28 00:06:55 -0500 Report

Hi! If I were in your shoes, i would use my meter before eating breakfast (fasting). This blood sugar provides your doctor with useful info, especially, if you keep a diary or log of your fasting blood sugars. I am no doctor or dietitian. The above info is only a suggestion. I use my meter 3-4 times a day, 15 minutes prior to mealtime. At times, I will take my BS two hours after a meal. Best wishes on using your meter.

GabbyPA 2008-10-20 03:17:39 -0500 Report

When I first started I only tested in the mornings and the high numbers freaked me out. So as I learned why I tested and how to use what it told me to develop a routine that works for me. Now, I don't take any meds, so I don't know what they do for your numbers, but this should teach you a lot. Once you have a routine, you can reduce or change how you test.

I always try to keep my tests around the same time of the day, that keeps atleast one thing consistant. LOL

First test: after exercise in AM
If you tend to run low, test before you exercise. If you are below 100, it is not recommended that you exercise without eating something first. And then you may have to test during your exercise to be safe.

Then I test before each meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner. This gives me insight to how my day is going and if I am making good food choices.

Then I test 2 hours after dinner. I try to keep my rise to under 50 points. If I go higher, something I ate is affecting my sugar. If it actually drops, then I know my control foods are working for me.

Finally I test about 1/2 hour before bed and eat my night time snack to keep my dawn phenomenom at bay. If my numbers are lower the next morning then my snack worked. If not, I have to adjust.

So the key thing is to test in conjunction with a food log so that you can understand what your foods are doing to your levels. I know people who use insulin, use the numbers to adjust their doseages, but I just use them to adjust my food intake, and exercise output.

Other things that can affect your numbers when your foods don't seem to be the issue are water intake (you need 60-80 oz a day), sleep (6-8 hours is good), if you are sick, and stress levels. There is so much more, but this will give you something to work with for now.

caspersmama 2008-10-20 07:09:23 -0500 Report

Another thing that affects me is pain. Because of my back I am in alot of pain sometimes and that will affect my numbers, and blood pressure too.

msann 2008-10-19 16:40:29 -0500 Report

hey, so dr.didnt tell you anymore info, back on doc. let me know what you are doing, happy testing

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NamVet - 21894 2008-10-19 13:42:53 -0500 Report

AM and before meals and 2 hours after meals. Then at 2 am till you can get a read on what is going on by what your eating or doing. Then you and your Dr can make changes in diet, and Meds.

sparkysmom 2008-10-19 13:44:45 -0500 Report

Thanks. I'm writing down questions for the new DR (endo). I also want to see if I can talk to a diabetes educator.

sexyswamprat 2008-10-19 12:39:40 -0500 Report

My doctor told me to take a reading 30 minutes before I eat, take my glipized, and then take a reading 2 hours after I eat. I usually only eat 2 times a day for 4 reading a day unless I feel hypo. It's kinda unusual for your doctor not to tell you when to take your readings. Especially if your newly diagnosed and don't know that much about diabetes. I personally would try to get a hold of your doctor and tell him of your concerns.

Bluebutterfly 2008-10-19 08:00:18 -0500 Report

I use my meter when I first get up and 2 hours after lunch and before I go to bed.I need to check my sugar before bed tomake sure I don't have a low sugar episode.

teddybearcub1960 2008-10-19 07:36:19 -0500 Report

I have also been told to mix up the times of day you take your blood sugar readings.

caspersmama 2008-10-19 07:57:30 -0500 Report

I was told that too. Especially when you are starting out. Number 1 is when you get up. and then I check 2 hrs after I eat breakfast. And since I usually have the same things for lunch I do not test again till before dinner and then right before bed. And if I feel bad during the night and I am awake I will test to see what might be going on. But definitely morning and evening. To see how you start the day and how you ended it. Good luck to you.

vgarrison 2008-10-19 07:15:30 -0500 Report

The best times to test are: when you first get up, before you eat, 2 hours after you eat, and before going to bed. You can chose to mix this up…some days I will check my levels before breakfast after lunch and before bed, then the next day I'll check when I first get up before lunch and 2 hours after dinner.

This is just what I do, but I hope this helps.

Blessed Be

sparkysmom 2008-10-19 07:17:09 -0500 Report

Thank You. My Cardiologist found and has been treating my diabetes. I am going to an endo guy starting next month.

vgarrison 2008-10-19 07:51:33 -0500 Report

Good luck at the endo, that should help with your questions quite a bit!! I know most of my questions have also been answered on here also. I am so glad this site was created.

Good Luck!!
Blessed Be

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