what is the use?????

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2012-05-24 17:40:18 -0500
Started 2012-05-17 07:23:51 -0500

I am learning, but one thing that makes no sense to me is the waste of time in checking your BG levels only once a day. What is that suppose to tell you???? I think if the docs want you to learn what/how foods raise/lower your levels they should be having you check at least 6x per day, at least for the initial months of the learning process… What is the reasoning behind 1x per day…nonsense & a waste of time in my opinion!!!!!!!

Thanks for letting me vent.

52 replies

cograndma 2012-05-24 17:40:18 -0500 Report

so, here is another one for the books. My grandmother's mother came to visit. For dinner they had a big pork roast and grandma cut off the end of the bone before putting it in the pan. Her mother asked why. Grandma said that she saw her doing that when growing up and continued doing so, but did not know the exact reason for it. Great grandmother said that it was because her pan was too small and the roast wouldnt fit…
case in point about once a day testing. I think that we do things in our lives by habit and never stop to think whether or not there is a real reason for doing so, or is to nonsense and the practice should be changed…Happy Testing to all, and may you do it for all the right reasons and get useful results.

CandzG 2012-05-23 08:50:34 -0500 Report

Well I guess when people are first diagnosed, the doctors ask you to check it like a minimum of 3 times a day or something, but when you get experienced, you have better estimation skills. So now sometimes I can go a few days without even testing at all, because I've had diabetes for 13 years and I really bother to find out what's in the food I'm eating.

Lakeland 2012-05-21 17:46:31 -0500 Report

when I first got diagnosed, they signed me up for diabetes classes. we took it 7 times a day & that is when I learned alot about what I can & can't eat. I was to take it before I ate,record the number, write everything down that I ate, then take my blood sugar 2 hours after & write that number down.

I was to write if I exersized & then take my number after that, I went through so many strips my insurance company wouldn't pay for the extra, but It was a great learning experience. I got a sense on how much my sugar number would drop after a walk, so now if I'm a little high (130-160) I take a short walk & drop it by 40 points. I learned I need to watch my fruit intake, fruit really makes my sugar high. It was worth the time it took to record all that info.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-05-20 16:28:01 -0500 Report

You need to talk to your Dr. From the beginning I tested 4 times a day, kept track on a paper of date, time of each test and if I needed insulin how much and always what my BG numbers were. Each month I took it to my Dr. where he made a copy for my records. Now I'm down to 3 times a day and I only take the results in when I get an A1C reading. He appriecates it and I'm happy because I know from day to day where I stand with my BG. I agree, once a day won't do anything, except give you a sore finger. Hugs to you, Valentine Lady

femaletrucker 2012-05-20 00:44:10 -0500 Report

Hi, Im newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am now keeping a running journal, so that I can see when my blood sugar spikes, at what part of the month it is higher (when PMS occurs), and I do this three times a day. I write time, sugar level result, and date down. This way I can present a chart to my internist when I get the A1C test done. It will help him determine what Im doing. I write down what I eat that day as well, and what type of exercise I did. I dropped my levels way down…when I first tested, I was 256, and my lowest now after a month with no meds is around 128, but spiked due to PMS at around 168. So with this written info, Im learning what to eat, what exercise does to the levels, and what foods do and how much they spike my levels. Its definately a learning experience, and a discipline challenge. But if you want to live, it must be done. My moto…eat right or die!! Or loose a leg or eye sight. HECK NO!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-20 15:19:53 -0500 Report

I'm so happy that being a new diabetic you saw the need to take control and are doing well with it. I'm a type 1, but we still need to follow the same path of eating right and the correct portions as well as getting in the exercise. This can help us reduce the amount of insulin we need as well as prolong or maybe even eliminate all that can happen being diabetic.

Again, so proud of you for jumping right on it and not just relying on meds to change your situation, this is what a role model is:) I read one of your other post about not wanting to take meds.

JSJB 2012-05-19 04:08:15 -0500 Report

I agree, I was testing in the am only but just decided to do it twice a day. 4 Am reading 107 and 3 pm reading 84.

Harlen 2012-05-18 21:03:22 -0500 Report

I test first thing in the Am before and after each meal but I am on a pump
They may be trying to see if you can get it done with just diet ??
Best wishes

cindygal1 2012-05-18 20:35:02 -0500 Report

First let me say that we all learn in different ways. My doctor has me checking mine twice. First thing of the morning and once at two hours after you have eaten dinner. I would at least check mine twice a day for awhile and take and show her or him your reading. Once a daay doesn't tell you very much, I have been a dibetic for 12 years and it has always been twice a day. That way you can tell how you are doing, testing once a day doesn't give you much to go on. It isn't waste of time that tells you what you sugar is the first thing in the morning but you don't know how you are doing before you go to bed. I would do it at least twice a day for awhile that way you can get a better idea of how you are really doing what affects your sugar.

Nana_anna 2012-05-18 19:56:35 -0500 Report

I check in the a.m., and around lunch time. Once in the eveing. If mine is low, which that is never the case, then I check it until its normal or until its some what normal for me. Its important to know if your concerned if its running to high or to low. Either way can be dangerous. Our bodies will tell us other wise.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-18 15:20:05 -0500 Report

You know, not all diabetics are alike, and testing should be based on bg numbers, medication, etc. Insulin users do alot of testing, but a person who takes 1 pill a day may need to check just once a day at a certain time to make sure it is working. They may have gained control early and are just maintaing it.

I would recomend checking at least 2x a day, but one can always check many more even if dr hasn't said to do so. Being a type 1, I'm on the many checks a day plan:)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-18 09:33:51 -0500 Report

I don't agree. It isn't about what the docs want you to learn, it is how much you want to learn on your own. Doctors don't have all the answers to any disease, disorder or medical problem. This is why you get second opinions. If you take the time to learn how and what foods raise and lower your blood sugars you have to do that yourself. The human bodies are the same no matter how you look at it. We all have the same amount of blood, nervous system, same number of bones and same number of organs. Food, however has a different affect on each person. There are people who can't drink caffeine because of the effect it has on them while others can drink it all day and nothing happens. For some diabetics a real cookie can raise their blood sugars while others might not have an effect on them at all.

You are the one who has to learn how the foods you eat effects you. The doctor can't tell you that. He can tell you what foods are likely to cause a high reading or what foods to avoid all together. I know that if I eat an orange my BS is going up yet my girlfriend can have an orange and it has no effect on her at all.

The same is true with medications. The medication that works for you might have a totally different effect on relatives and friends. For example my sister can't take codine it puts her to sleep. Does nothing to me but kill my pain. I can take amoxicillian and she can't take it at all.

People learn on different levels. The person who is a fast learner, is willing to research and take the time to find out how the foods they eat raise and lower their blood glucose and how to manage their diabetes might learn that they will only need to test once a day.

The person who won't take the time to learn what they can or takes longer to learn a process might have to test several times a day. This would also depend on how well they control their diabetes. You can't put everything on the doctors back as far as learning about your disease. With technology today, you can become just as informed as your doctor if you are willing to take the time to read what you can and find out on your own how the foods you eat effects your diabetes.

JSJB 2012-05-19 04:13:03 -0500 Report

You are correct on how foods affect people differently. I read that some people can not have pizza because it ups their sugar. For me it does nothing. I was testing in the am but now decided to test am and pm and I can see the difference. I keep a log on what I eat and if my sugar spikes after a meal I get an idea on what caused it and avoid that food. It is a learning condition and you are the only one that can teach yourself on how to keep your sugar low.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-05-18 11:25:17 -0500 Report

Joyce, go back and reread Kaiya's question, then reread your post, A person needs to check their b/g reading many times a day as they learn what they can have and have not, it takes many weeks of testing to build a solid base line to work from when planing our meals and activities. Some are lucky and it comes fast, most of us have a longer learning curve, and as each type of diabetes requires different types of meds and plans so do the people that have it require different ways as to how we learn and handle it. Then there are some who will always need to test many many times a day to control our diabetes, as no matter how careful or how hard we work at it our numbers bounce all over the place do to so many other factors in our lives, such as other health issues, pain we must forever live with, some of find ourselves in very stressful situation's that are not easy to change or control…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-18 12:41:10 -0500 Report

I read her response twice before responding. I believe I said that each person is different so some people do have to test more often. If testing once per day doesn't tell her anything doesn't mean that testing once per day doesn't tell me anything. I established my baseline based on my once or twice a day readings. I knew where it was and I decided where I wanted it to be on a day to day basis. I tested last week every day just for a check and my level was 1 or 2 numbers up or down which was fine. I no longer highs or lows. It stays the same.

Old I saw a lady I had not seen in 3 years the other day. She told me she turned 90 last month and she doesn't look like it. She has had a knee and hip replacement, has asthma and arthritis in her shoulder. She doesn't walk with a cane. I love being with the senior citizens. They say what is on their minds and I respect them for it. She said there were days when I could barely walk and there are days when it hurts to comb my hair but there is no way on earth am I going to stop living my life because pain is just as much a part of living as dying and I am not planning on letting any of this hold me down. She said she told her children, your father and I raised you to the best of our ability (Her husband died 20 years ago) I am not raising your children and you are not going to burden me with your problems. Only you can change your self and you can't change your husbands or wives. If you don't want to face the real world and fix the mess you got yourself into, that is on you.

Change is not easy for some people and there are some people who have to control everything which is stressful. However, you can change some things if you really want to do so. You can't control anything you don't own and you can't change or control people unless they allow it. The only person I can change is me and the only person I can control is myself. I don't care what others do with their lives, if they want to throw it away or simply give up there isn't too much anyone can do to stop it unless the person doing it wants to stop.

I still don't agree with her. What works for her doesn't work for everyone and that is simply a fact of life.

JSJB 2012-05-19 04:19:22 -0500 Report

That was well written. YOU are the one that controls your life and YOU are the one that must take control.

kaiya2465 2012-05-18 09:42:42 -0500 Report

Just Joyce::: I have done research, I am learning on my own & through this site, TYVM. I AM NOT on any D meds!!! That is why I think in the beginning it is ridiculous to test once per day. Once per day does not tell me anything really!!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-18 11:30:50 -0500 Report

Please don't get testy with me because I don't agree with you. Your post was written in a manner that implied you didn't know what foods effected you. I can only respond based on what you wrote. Just because once per day doesn't tell you anything doesn't mean the person who does test once a day isn't useful for them. You can't lump people together. Just because something doesn't work for you doesn't mean it doesn't work for anyone.

kaiya2465 2012-05-18 14:17:29 -0500 Report

Just Joyce:: I was not trying to get testy with you. I was frustrated at the dr. for not answering my questions. But just to update you, I do not have to test anymore…I am one of the lucky ones I guess & actually back to where I should be for the last 2 months with my A1C which 5.2…I may not like some of the responses I may/may not get, like we all say…what works for some may not work for others!!!!!

Best Wishes

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-18 06:53:03 -0500 Report

I agree with everyone here, not sure what I would do with testing only 1x per day, I would be frantic! My prescription calls for testing 7x per day. I guess I am lucky cuz my Dr. Says when in doubt check! You fight for mor strips, there's no other way around this! Good luck and keep us posted!

JSJB 2012-05-19 04:26:46 -0500 Report

7x a day, you must have a great perscription plan or are rolling in mooola. Those test strips are awfully expensive. I been testing 7 months now and only in the am doctors orders. Yesterday decided to test in the am,pm and the results supprised me. am 107 and pm 84. This morning am 119 but that was because of the chicken toquitos I had for supper.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-05-20 12:33:59 -0500 Report

I think so too, when I feel strange and I think I know what's going on I am usually right only about 50% of the time! Checking clarifies any doubts and wrongs! Nope no moola here I guess just great insurance plan and doc.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-05-19 15:32:43 -0500 Report

JSJB, this is exactly why many test as many times a day, the more times you check the more you learn about how your system works, and remember that more then food and drink affect your b/g level.

Controlled 2012-05-17 21:34:39 -0500 Report

You're absolutely right. When I was first diagnosed, I disregarded my doctor regarding infrequent testing. I manage to control my BG with food and exercise alone. Sometimes you have to look for solutions like inexpensive test strips and meters at discount retailers to supplement what the doctor has limited you to.

My HUGE pet peeve is that I went for annual physicals for decades and never, not once, there wasn't even a single time that any doctor tested by BG. Think about it, they could do it for almost nothing with samples from pharmaceutical and medical supplies and equipment company samples. Many people could be cautioned long before they develop diabetes. I'll be interested to read the opinions of my fellow "diabetic connectors" regarding this. There is an epidemic of diabetes and it is discovered by symptoms. A few minutes and a few pennies could help address this public health issue.

Please take a look at options available to you and take good care of yourself.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-18 11:42:26 -0500 Report

Controlled the same thing here. I was never ever tested for anything like that. I had to ask to have my cholesterol tested. One would think that with all the talk about diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol that doctors would simply test people and then give them or guide them to the proper resources for help with controlling the disease.

I totally agree with you. Everyone who has been diagnosed after me, got a meter and test strips from their doctors office. I got absolutely nothing but samples of prilosec for acid reflux.

My mom got samples of every medicine she had to take from her doctor. He gave her the prescription and told her to only get it filled based oh the reaction she got from the samples and he would give her a two week supply. We saved a lot of money on prescriptions that way.

My biggest pet peeve is that testing strips cost more than lancets and the meter itself. I see no reason for this. With as many diabetics there is around the world, they would still make money off the test strips if they were a lower cost. I think if everyone on DC and the American Diabetes Association forced the issue, this could happen.

jayabee52 2012-05-17 14:04:07 -0500 Report


What I understand is the Dr is under presssure from the insurance companies to keep their costs low. One of those ways is to reduce the outlay for test strips.
I believe that strategy on the part of ins companies is penny wise and dollar foolish as it may lead to complications due to diabetes!

I do believe you ought to be able to learn how foods/drinks affect your unique metabolism using a methodoligy similar to what I suggest here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

After that initial learning phase of what foods/drinks "plays nice" with your metabolism, you could go to a 3 tests per day regimen where you test (#1) fasting, (#2) 2 hrs after (post prndial) a selected meal (can rotate by day of the week) and (#3) just before bed.

You could ask Dr to increase your prescription for test strips. Should s/he refuse you may want to ask if s/he really wants you to get your Blood Glucose (BGs) under control. If they further refuse, you might want to let them know that if they don't REALLY want you to control your diabetes they you'll need to consider changing Drs.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-18 09:40:40 -0500 Report

James some insurance companies will only allow one box of test strips per month. I know someone who has that problem so she buys them out of pocket. Now that she finally has her diabetes under control, the one box is all she needs.

I actually called Bayer for free test strips. They sent me an expired box. I sent them back and never got a newer box from them.

I think testing 6 times a day is over doing it. If you buy a box of 100 you only get 16 testings out of the box which means you will need two boxes to get you through the month. Maybe it's just me but I think its too much testing.

DeanaG 2012-05-18 12:30:02 -0500 Report

My prescription is written to test twice daily, so the pharmacy dispenses one box of 50 strips each month.
In addition I purchase another box from Amazon. This enables me to test 4 or 5 times a day.
The more I test the better control I have.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-18 13:03:24 -0500 Report


I test once a day. I am doing fine with that. If testing twice helps you that is great and you are so right guessing isn't the answer. I guess being in control of my diabetes and how I do it works for me. My doctor has no problems with my numbers and my A1c is great. Hopefully by the end of the year I will be done with meds. I don't test everyday at least once a week to see how its going and the day I don't test I find I have no problems. I can tell when my level is high or low. That is the only time I get a headache and that has not happened in months. I must be doing something right ;) My goal is to get off meds.

My job requires me to be out in the field the two days I work so I don't have time to test several times in one day. The warm winter helped because now I am out in the community more on the days I don't work. We have a lot going on this year with working on choosing a developer to rehab vacant properties, seeing what repairs to the community the city must address and forming a Citizens on Patrol Walking group. I am getting more exercise and have lost 20 more lbs. Not driving helps I am waiting for the bus munching raw veggies. Go back to the office to grab lunch and back out again.

I don't worry about being diabetic or how many times I need to or should test in one day. I have too much going on to concern myself with that. As long as my doctor doesn't have a problem with it, I don't. Right now I am concerning myself with starting an at home business and living life to the fullest. I am probably the most relaxed, stress free person I know.

JSJB 2012-05-19 04:39:32 -0500 Report

I think the reasoning in testing 1x a day is to make sure you sugars are at a safe level especially if you are pre diagnosed. If you readings are high your doctor will change your meds and most likely have you test more often. I have no problem testing 1x a day but decided to test 2xs a day just to see how the readings differ.

DeanaG 2012-05-18 13:26:21 -0500 Report

If your plan is working for you that is great!
I also am very busy, I am raising my 5 year old grandson and he keeps me moving. Not to mentioned working out daily. My last A1C was 6.2.
I just find that testing more often for me gives me better control.
Whatever works for each individual is the way to go.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-05-18 09:57:02 -0500 Report

Must mean that most of us on here are over doing it then, maybe i should just take any amount of my insluin and not worry if i go low on bg. FYI im a TYPE II

kaiya2465 2012-05-17 14:33:22 -0500 Report

Changing dr's in this town is sadly not an option…a Corp. owns all of it around here. I will be "telling" him either up my testing, or when I end up being a T2, it will be his fault more than mine!!!!!

jayabee52 2012-05-18 15:43:38 -0500 Report

unfortunately it being his fault will not keep you from suffering the consequences or the possible complications of Diabetes Mellitus.

Nick1962 2012-05-17 13:43:12 -0500 Report

Testing 1x/day is about as useful as putting one finger out your window to judge the weather for the day.

JSJB 2012-05-19 04:42:16 -0500 Report

Oh, I thought that is how the weather was reported LOL LOL

jayabee52 2012-05-19 08:01:32 -0500 Report

Well out in Kansas and Nebraska when I moved there from Ohio they had these holes in the side of the house. When I asked a local what was the purpose of those holes.

"Crowbar holes" was the answer, "we use them to tell the weather. You stick a crowbar out the hole and if it comes back in cold and white, you'll know it is snowing. If it comes back in wet it is raining. If you put the crowbar in the hole and you can't pull it back in because it is bent, it is windy and you don't want to go out that day." (ROTFL)

Lizardfan 2012-05-17 11:22:51 -0500 Report

I agree with your post! I test 5-6 times a day and more if I have a low blood sugar episode. I have to rely on my meter as how I am feeling is not a true indication of what my numbers are!

kaiya2465 2012-05-17 08:49:10 -0500 Report

I see the doc tomorrow so will ask again…I need answers on my heart trying to take a vacation anyways, but most likely he will avoid my questions…

Thank you

jigsaw 2012-05-18 05:18:14 -0500 Report

When you see your doctor, step up to the plate and yodell LOUD! He'll hear you. Let him know on no certain terms, that you need to talk to him. Write him a note!!! Don't let him get away with doing a lousy job! It's your HEALTH!!!
Now, GO TELL HIM LIKE IT IS!!! C'mon kaiya!!!

pixsidust 2012-05-17 08:41:30 -0500 Report

Ask for a prescription for more test strips. I did and got them. Testing more to learn what does what to you is important then you can scale back to three times per day and more on an as needed basis according to how you feel. I agree 6x will help!!

DeanaG 2012-05-17 08:40:33 -0500 Report

I agree with you, once a day will not give you enough info.
My doctor wrote my prescription to test 2 times a day. I like to test at least 4 times a day.
I am going to try and get the doctor to change my prescription.