Testing a new food in diet

By 10fluffy35 Latest Reply 2012-08-11 20:13:00 -0500
Started 2012-08-11 08:43:47 -0500

I know you test right before you eat, but I can't remember how long you
wait to test to see if this one food is okay for you. How much is okay for
the reading to go up?

5 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-11 20:13:00 -0500 Report

I test about an hour after I eat if I am introducing a new food to my diet. I want to see what effect it has on me. Otherwise I wait 2 hours but thats just me.

Nana_anna 2012-08-11 11:43:04 -0500 Report

I wait about 30 minutes to an hour. That's what we did when I worked at the hospital. The nurses said an hour is good.

jayabee52 2012-08-11 11:13:21 -0500 Report

Howdy fluffy, Nick below is correct IMO.

I have in the past written up a discussion on testing a particular food in a methodical way. You can read it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

I go with 2 hrs post prandial (after meal) there because that is the usual reading the Drs want, but Nick is absolutely right, of course, if you have the money to buy the extra strips necessary.

If you follow Nick's methodology, I would recommend you write down every time you test so you can see the glucose energy curve at work in your unique metabolism.

But in regards to a eat/eat sparingly/no eat decison, I would still I believe that I'd go by the 2 hr reading post prandial.


Nick1962 2012-08-11 12:25:48 -0500 Report

And thank you James for expounding on that. I was rather loose with my "methodology" and never assigned absolute numbers to it, but you're right, if your going to make a study of it like we did, its a good idea to set perameters.

Nick1962 2012-08-11 09:59:26 -0500 Report

You can't over test I believe. When i was in the "discovery" phase, some foods/meals I would test every half hour after I ate for sometimes 3 hours just to see what happened. It was expensive to do that, but I learned what foods I had to stay clear of, and now since having that info keeps my BG's in line, doctor said I don't have to test anymore (I still do though), so it paid off in the end.
How much should it go up? Ideally you don't want to go over the 120 mark (non-diabetic), but for some folks that may be impossible until they've really been at it a while or taking meds. Your doctor may also adjust that goal up for many different reasons as well. You can use that as a goal, but don't be too hard on yourself if you don't hit it consistently. It also depends greatly on what you started at, and how long it takes to come down. There's no single good answer without knowing more about you, but if you start getting into the 170's, I think that is an indication that that food or the amount of it wasn't good.

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