how often do you test

highlandcitygirl
By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2008-12-06 11:35:39 -0600
Started 2008-11-23 18:17:26 -0600

my doctor told me to test in the morning before breakfast, i have pre-diabetes,but i have also tested when i have felt really bad and the numbers would be in the 30,s. so i am interested in what others are told to do.


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Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-11-30 23:29:51 -0600 Report

My doctor considers me an ideal diabetic patient and says he wishes more of his patients would follow the regimes most of us try to do. (Testing diet, exercise, portion control, etc.) I want to test 3-4 times a day. He says once is enough becasue my A1c is 5.5. He says the difference between 95 and 120or 140 is not statistically significant, and I say that to me, it is, and I want to know how foods affect my glucose levels. Because I have excellent insurance coverage for my testing supplies, I haven't pushed him for writing a prescription for increased testing. But now that I am facing congestive heart failure in the future (NOT due to cholesterol build-up in the arteries but to other causes) I might be able to convince him to increase the testing.

normaradley
normaradley 2008-11-23 22:38:26 -0600 Report

I test my blood sugar in the morning when I get up, before lunch, before dinner and before bed. I use to belong to a weight loss called Prism which is a bibical base weight loss and my weight was down and the blood susgar was way down where it belonged. Some one told me the South Beach diet was best to control the blood sugar but I never tried it. My mom died of Diabetes and she use to talk insulin shoots and eat candy at the same time. I definitely don't wanted this desease out of controll. Have a great night Norma

vgarrison
vgarrison 2008-11-23 22:23:23 -0600 Report

I test a minimum of 4 times a day. I am on a sliding scale insulin so I have to test before each meal, and I also test before bed, so I know if I need a snack or not to hold me over for the night..

Vicki

enigmalady777
enigmalady777 2008-11-23 21:30:45 -0600 Report

I test 6-8 times a day. First thing in the morning, before and after each meal and bedtime. Occasionally I will skip the bedtime test as long as my after dinner number looks good.

2008-11-23 20:30:40 -0600 Report

I test twice a day, at different times. I'm doing some testing for my new doctor right now so it will be a few days of before and 2 hrs after breakfast and then a few days of before and 2 hrs after lunch, before and 2 hrs after dinner, fasting in the am and bedtime etc.. I'm not able to exercise right now as I'm still recovering from my surgery but once I am able to get back to that I may test more often with my tendency to go low when I exercise. I see him again in February to review my 3 months of results and have lab work. So far I've discovered that I still have issues with anything made with white flour and baked potatoes!!!

lebella
lebella 2008-11-23 19:00:28 -0600 Report

I have been a type 2 for about 2 1/2 years now and I tested 4 to 6 times a day for the first year. Now I test about once a week and I take it at different times. First thing in the morning or two hours after a meal and if i can predict my number with in 10 points eather way I won't test for another week. If I'm off by very much I will test a couple more times. And it has worker well. I'm going in the first of next month to have my blood work done and see how its going.

cakeybakes
cakeybakes 2008-11-23 18:45:54 -0600 Report

I test about three or four times a day. In the morning before I eat, then before lunch, 2-3 hours after, and again either after dinner or before bed (which is usually quite late since I eat dinner late). I requested of my doctor that I test more often so I could figure out how to eat, what, and when. I've learned a lot about what foods do to my BS.

marvinvwinkle
marvinvwinkle 2008-11-23 18:21:41 -0600 Report

I test a minimum of three times a day before meals or after meals. If I have had some high readings, I will test more to make sure I'm not spiking. There are many diabetics type 2 out there that test six or more times a day.

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