New Meter and I'm confused LOL!

By CWMecca Latest Reply 2011-09-10 15:51:03 -0500
Started 2011-08-25 22:22:53 -0500

I got a new meter today, it works fine but I'm not sure where my sugar levels should be at various times of the day. Can anyone help me? I've no idea where I should keep my levels to stay healthy.

21 replies

CWMecca 2011-09-10 15:51:03 -0500 Report

I went to my scheduled follow up visit yesterday. In spite of repeated requests for information about my diabetes they did NOTHING! No answers, no information, nothing!! I'm glad I have the informational meeting this coming week because that was a complete waste of time. It aggravated me so much I was up and down all night with chest pains, it got so bad my boyfriend nearly called the paramedics again. I guess you have to have insurance to get anything done anymore.

margokittycat 2011-08-27 21:42:37 -0500 Report

Where your BS should be is something you need to discuss with your doctor. Most doctors want a fasting BS between 70-120 and after meals 130-160. However as I said you need to talk to your doctor not everyone is the same and not every doctor is the same dependng on how your doctor wants your diabetes managed. I would call your doctors office and talk to them.

CWMecca 2011-08-26 15:05:38 -0500 Report

Due to heart issues a brisk walk, in 100 degree temps no less, is out of the question. I woke up and tested this morning at 131, before breakfast. I don't see my doctor for another 2 weeks. I take my meds in the morning as well.

GabbyPA 2011-08-26 11:29:20 -0500 Report

Where your levels should be is something that you and your doctor should be working on together. It varies from person to person. Generally speaking you want a fasting between 70-120. Your after meal you want to keep between 140-180, but that is of some contention. Many doctors now want it to remain below 140 if possible.

CWMecca 2011-08-26 00:31:18 -0500 Report

jayabee, I wouldn't know what to take to lower it LOL! Just for my own peace of mind I'll check it, since this is a new thing for me, and eat a bit if necessary. Thanks for the help!

jayabee52 2011-08-26 14:29:10 -0500 Report

To lower it would either be taking an oral medication or an injectable med like insulin victoza or byetta. You could even take a brisk walk as Type 1 lou suggests. Unless you did something like that, you wouldn't need to take your BG again.

CWMecca 2011-08-25 23:40:27 -0500 Report

So I shouldn't worry about 172 now since I'm not going to sleep for at least a couple hours? But check it before bed again? They didn't give me any base line for what it should be LOL!

jayabee52 2011-08-26 00:25:56 -0500 Report

I don't think it necessary to test it again. Unless you took something to lower your BG numbers you shouldn't drop signifigantly.

jayabee52 2011-08-25 23:27:12 -0500 Report

I agree with what Alan said below, but want to add that at bedtime you should be in the 130 to 140 range so you don't go low at night and get the dawn phenemonon. (higher than normal BG readings after you get up). If you are lower than 130 you should take a small snack of slow digesting carbs and a protein.

CWMecca 2011-08-25 23:22:27 -0500 Report

Okay, I checked my BS just now, 2 hours after eating and it was 172. I'm NOT on insulin so how do I get that lower naturally? I am on meds but I just started them, again, today. I was given insulin in the hospital until yesterday, (I was in from 8/11 - 8/17 and again 8/22 - 8/24 for chest pains).

Type1Lou 2011-08-26 11:25:36 -0500 Report

I find that walking 2 miles in 40 minutes will significantly lower my blood sugar so that might be one option for you, provided other health issues don't prevent you from walking at a brisk pace.

CWMecca 2011-08-27 11:20:44 -0500 Report

Type1Lou, I live in Las Vegas and the temps alone prevent a "brisk walk". I have heart issues as well. Starting today I'll be using a stationary bike, at a gentle pace, to see if my BG levels can get lowered. This morning before breakfast it was 154.

SlatonLeo 2011-08-27 11:53:13 -0500 Report

My doctor told me anything below 180 in am is good for me, but below 130 is better also. Mine is lower after good walk or other activity that gets the blood flowing and if I am not overindugent on carbs and sugars. If you can keep in good range with exercise and right eating is always better than meds, especially since they make me exceptionaly dizzy, so quit using metformin.
Anyway, that is my take on it, I am sure there are many more who know better than me what to do, but that is what works for me.

pammy3965 2011-08-31 08:08:19 -0500 Report

Hello I'm Pam, and I'm trying to do mine with diet, the Dr gave me metformin, and I'm scared to take it, are you type
2, do you take meds? I just feel so drained and have no energy since I have been on this strict diet. Any suggestions

SlatonLeo 2011-09-01 07:34:45 -0500 Report

Hi pammy;
No I do not take metformin anymore because it makes me so dizzy I have to saty sitted or lying down. I do try to watch what I eat by reading labels and checking carb and sugar contents. I also walk and that is all , so far so good.
I hope this helps, but you do have to check blood sugar levels closely too.

alanbossman 2011-08-25 22:46:34 -0500 Report

When you wake up in the morning test your BS the readings should be 120 or lower but not below 70. You should check your BS 2 hrs after you eat a meal, your BS numbers should be not over 140. The american diabetes assoc. says its okay to be 180 or lower 2hrs after a meal. Some of us here like the BS to be 140 or lower.

realsis77 2011-08-26 07:57:37 -0500 Report

Yes, my doctor wants me to inject my second insulin at 150 and above. He wants me to stay 140 or under.

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