By besther414 Latest Reply 2011-10-13 10:52:02 -0500
Started 2011-09-15 14:59:09 -0500

Hello!!!!! Yesterday I was telling my co-workers my blood sugar numbers which for me was really good (still high though), and one of them proceeded to tell me that I shouldn't test a lot. I'm experimenting to see what foods make my numbers sky rocket and how much exercising lowers them. So, anyways she tells me that it's not an accurate number and it will go up again and blah blah blah!!!!!
Why do people think that everybody's bodies react the same way. My friends always fuss me because I eat a low carb diet.
Ok, I just needed to vent a little!!!

35 replies

Stu Linton
Stu Linton 2011-10-11 16:16:28 -0500 Report

The more you test your blood glucose levels, the better your control will be…period. If you don't know what your blood sugar is then how do you know how much insulin to take, or how do you know if it is safe to exercise (you don't want to go to the gym with your blood at 60), or what food your meals should consist of? The key to great control of your diabetes is knowing what your blood sugar is so you can make wise decisions. We should all thank god that we have a disease that is completely manageable! Look at diabetes as a blessing that forces you to make better decisions regarding diet, exercise, and overall health/wellness. Good luck to you!

Carol2x 2011-09-17 22:37:37 -0500 Report

It sounds to me like they don't know what they are talking about. We have to test to check our numbers. We work our diet (and meds) around it. Don't listen to those idiots.
You are doing fine-keep it up.

digitaldoorbell 2011-09-17 22:16:11 -0500 Report

Sounds to me like you vented pretty well (and answered your own question). You're absolutely right. I mean no disrespect to anyone, but I think you should largely ignore most peoples unsolicited preconceptions and misconceptions about health and health conditions. It sounds to me like you're doing well.

All the best.

Roy531 2011-09-17 12:04:14 -0500 Report

Have you looked at Accu-chek, the have a program that I have been using since I was diagnosed in 2002, you enter your reading and they have graphs, shows your lowest and highest reading. I make a copy of 30 days worth for my Doctor everytime I go in to see him. You have to register and give them info but I like it.
Here is the web site: https://www.accu-chek.com/us/
Click on the sign in and then it has a place where you can join.

PaulZ 2011-09-17 22:01:05 -0500 Report

cant you just bring in your tester with the dates and times?

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-11 15:11:29 -0500 Report

When you use your meter to follow your numbers they are spread out over the day, if you use a chart, your meal numbers are in one line which makes it easier and much faster to track where you might be having high or low for that time of day. Granted it takes some time on your part your numbers will be easier to follow rather than scrolling through your meter trying to read readings for each meal

kdroberts 2011-10-11 15:36:26 -0500 Report

This is why the ultrasmart is great. You get all that built into the meter as well as graphs, averages and logs.

Caliafiosgram62 2011-09-16 18:37:04 -0500 Report

You just have to do what you need to do. When I'm with my mother-in-law (who is 91) and I have to test I know that she will say to me "I don't know how you can do that. I would never be able to stick my finger. I just let it go and ignore her. I can't fight it so I don't. I just do what I have to do.

besther414 2011-09-17 11:40:59 -0500 Report

I hear ya!!! I'm slowly learning not to comment back to people who don't understand or just not say anything to those people that are not supportive.

hobbygirl 2011-09-16 18:18:33 -0500 Report

It's OK - it's good to vent. I too am experimenting. My A1C was 9 and the Dr. said it was way too high. I brought it down to 7 and she said it's still too high. For the past 6 weeks I've been testing 5X a day (different hands on alternate days, pinky thru thumb). 'A days' is wake up, and 2 hrs. after meals X3 and at bed time. 'B days' is wake up, just before meals 3X and at bedtime. It sounds confusing, but for the first time in years I can actually see my blood sugars rise and fall and I'm learning how to control it better. I go Monday so get my latest results…wish me luck.

besther414 2011-09-17 11:38:31 -0500 Report

Hi!!!! "A" & "B" days???? Not sure what that is!!! I started testing on both hands recently also. It took some practice but now I can test on my right hand pretty good. I am thinking about getting an alternative testing meter. Praying that all goes well at the doctor's Monday!!!!

Jan8 2011-09-16 15:38:39 -0500 Report

I understand how you feel besther.lol it is just ignorance . I can't figure out how people who don't know what they are talking about give advice so freely. I have had relatives (Italian) on my husband's side tell me "Jan just just drink some wine and everything will be okay!" I do realize they mean well and want me to feel better. Them my sis said" Oh you test your blood sugar too much. This is all in your head" Well alrighty then ! I,like you am fairley new to seeing just what makes my body tick and am finding out it sure dosent tick like another's.

GabbyPA 2011-09-16 13:12:54 -0500 Report

Is your friend a doctor or a diabetic? Even though, this is one area that I believe that we have to test to find out what our bodies are doing. When I am learning what foods do I test before and after a meal. I test fasting and before bed. They are not "accurate" per-say, but very little is. They are a guide and a tool. That is how we need to see it. So just poo-poo on your negative nancy friends. You do what is right for you.

Copperchef 2011-09-16 08:26:10 -0500 Report

My endo has told me to cut back on my testing. I was testing 4 to 5 times a day. He (the endo) stated that since my A1c was down below 6.0 now, that I really only needed to test once or twice a day. His biggest fear is that of infection. Stating that as diabetics we become more susceptible to infection by our testing. Although I do not agree with co-workers acting as physicians, might want to check with your doc to get his/her feeling about it. My 2 cents.

besther414 2011-09-17 15:53:18 -0500 Report

I don't think I have to worry about my A1C being too low right now! My blood sugar is usually around 240, down from 365.

robertoj 2011-09-16 03:32:17 -0500 Report

I would laugh (to myself) and pray they never get diabetes. I am very proud of you; you are taking a GIANT step towards successfully living with diabetes. Ignorance is a terrible burden especially when it comes to diabetes. America has embraced poor diet and poor eating habits for decades; throw in a sedentary lifestyle and you have a nation of diabetics. Everyone knows someone with diabetes; some don't know it, some ignore it and many keep it a secret. It is a good thing to be open about it because it makes it easier to stick to your plan. God bless.

MewElla 2011-09-15 15:37:34 -0500 Report

Just keep on keeping on with the testing as you are doing, as you are seeing what foods affect and do not affect you..So many folks out there always have opinions for us, but just have to keep doing what you know is right. Good Luck to you…

besther414 2011-09-16 02:39:10 -0500 Report

Yea, you know you are right!! None of my work out buddies are diabetic but they are always (well not always) offering advice on what to eat. Thanks for the support!!!

Abby888 2011-09-15 15:16:51 -0500 Report

I test 6+ times a day. I am trying different foods and carb counting so I need to know what really effects my blood sugar so my doctor can adjust my insulin as needed. In my opinion its your body and your medical condition. I don't know if your coworkers have diabetes but I say do your own thing. You can continue to share information with them but it doesn't sound like they are very supportive. Take care and god bless :)

besther414 2011-09-16 02:41:20 -0500 Report

Thanks Abby!!! I think that is about how often I test! How do you keep track of the info?

robertoj 2011-09-16 03:40:26 -0500 Report

Everydayhealth.com has an online blood glucose tracker that is good because you can keep track and see the results in a graph.

robertoj 2011-09-17 15:36:29 -0500 Report

Enter Blood glucose tracker in the search box
Look under Articles & News
Click on Blood Glucose Tracker
DLP Symptom Checker Content: Glucose Tracker… www.everydayhealth.com
Click on the smart answer icon under Blood Glucose Tracker in blue

Abby888 2011-09-16 03:27:05 -0500 Report

I have log sheets from my doctors office that I write on. Plus I started keeping a food journal. Its really helpful to see where my sugar levels are throughout the day. And it keeps me from snacking too much cause its right there in front of me. I have only had 3 high readings in almost a month (200+). My goal is to keep it as close to 140 after meals as possible. How long have you been diabetic? Are you on insulin?

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