Testing BS

By shawnamom Latest Reply 2011-11-07 22:55:01 -0600
Started 2011-11-07 16:45:19 -0600

What is the point of testing if they just have me on metformin once a day?

7 replies

GabbyPA 2011-11-07 18:36:54 -0600 Report

Testing is a tool. It can teach you how to eat, how to exercise and even how to manage your time. I use my meter to help me adjust my menu and it also tells me if I cannot eat something or if I can. Tap into that curiosity and before you know it, you and your meter will be best friends.

shawnamom 2011-11-07 21:32:45 -0600 Report

Thanks gabby for the uncomplicated answer…it helped

pixsidust 2011-11-07 22:55:01 -0600 Report

Should you see higher readings it would be time to talk to your doctor. At least once a day will give you some kind of measure to see if you stay on track and your body has not changed. My suggestion is to test that one time at different times of the day. Get a first thing in the morning fasting reading. The next day before lunch, then after lunch by 2 hours to see your reaction to your meal and the same for dinner. It will give you a full scope at different parts of your day

pixsidust 2011-11-07 18:09:02 -0600 Report

You have to know what foods affect you.
Test two hours after a meal especially if they have high carbs
Should your body change and usually it does over time
You need to catch it if you take a turn for the worse and need more medicine or take a turn for the better and need none
You also need to know if you go too low as well
Stay hooked in to what your body is doing by testing

jayabee52 2011-11-07 17:04:47 -0600 Report

I had my only recorded low when on Met. The low was 40. It was a sneaky low as I wasn't feeling the typical signs of a low, and could function well enough to get out to my car (I was at work as a Home health CNA in someone's home) and find a soda which one of my kids had left there.

I feel that anyone on a glucose lowering medication should be testing their blood a minimum of 3 times a day.

This past Oct when I was visiting mom. I found out that my mom had prediabetes and had been put on Met. But she had not been instructed as to what a low felt like and had not been told to test her blood. I went out and bought her a meter and strips the next day and instructed her on its use.

I feel that caution is the best policy in dealing with diabetes and blood testing.

If one can avoid being put into the hospital and the costs associated with that, the cost of testing pales in comparison. Just my opinion.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-11-07 17:49:26 -0600 Report

"If one can avoid being put into the hospital and the costs associated with that, the cost of testing pales in comparison"
Jim, if only the insurance companies would realize this.


jayabee52 2011-11-07 17:56:42 -0600 Report

I have said it once and will repeat it again that I feel most health insurance companies are "penny-wise and pound foolist" (to coin a phrase LoL!)

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