Testing your blood glucose

By manapua72 Latest Reply 2013-01-09 15:49:12 -0600
Started 2012-12-10 23:25:11 -0600

I wake up , I test . Before I eat , I test . Two hours after I eat , I test . Before I sleep , I test . If I feel low or any other yucky feeling , I test … I test about 6 times daily … Sometimes more & yes sometimes a little less … How often do u test !??

56 replies

Turtle 2012-12-17 07:07:28 -0600 Report

WOW! Lots of responses here! This seems to be an interesting topic to many ppl for many reasons. I will chime in too. I am T2 and on sliding scale insulin. I test 4x daily and if I feel a hi or low in between, I test. Generally, it is when I first wake up and before Bkfst, before lunch and dinner and before bed. I have some days I do not need any insulin then there are days when I require a shot almost every time I check. It depends a lot, of course on how I have eaten and my activity level for the day.

Fefe12 2012-12-17 02:19:07 -0600 Report

I test only 3 times a day now. Im still not comfortable with it. I use to test 7 times a day but my Dr. cut me back since I was doing so well. So now if I test more I run out of strips. They only cost $12 for 90 days but i cant get it refilled if i come up short. I to stay away from bread. I couldnt figure out how to get my 45 per meal carb count in with bread added and get full. so I stopped that. Do I miss it? Sometimes, but I would much rather have a half cup of pasta with meat sauce or a very small piece of something sweet if I want to splurge.

berrykins0 2012-12-16 07:45:25 -0600 Report

i test 3 times a week new orders from my doctor. sense i have had my diabetes under control for 3 yrs going on the 4 yr my a ac 1 has been at 5.3 within the last yr was 5.6 for 2 yrs prior to this last yr.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-16 07:34:57 -0600 Report

I test about 7x a day in fact when my doctor downloads my regs from my meter she thanks me for testing so frequently. When in doubt I test!

tabby9146 2012-12-14 09:35:13 -0600 Report

oh I would test like crazy when I was first diagnosed, about 4 times a day! I was trying to figure out what I could eat, what foods would raise it too much and so forth. then I went to 2 times a day, for a long time and now it is once a day, my doctor told me a long time ago, I can scale back to that. some days I forget but I try to stick to that, I like to see about an hour after eating instead of 2 , sometimes. I used to test upon waking up, then 2 hours after each meal. If I test more than once a day now, it is when I start to feel funny or think that I might be going lower.

Triskit 2012-12-13 19:39:57 -0600 Report

Between 6-8/day sometimes more sometimes less. I go through phases. At one point my Dr told me to CHILL OUT because I was testing upwards of 12-14 times/day and I was asking him to change my Rx because I was running out of strips and needed more. LOL he said it was a first for him…I'm a bit of a control freak.

Type1Lou 2012-12-13 16:53:26 -0600 Report

I test an average of 7 to 8 times a day: in the morning when I wake up/before breakfast, 2 hours after each meal, before lunch, before dinner and before bedtime and many times at 3 am because I'm trying to get a handle on the Dawn Phenomenon so we can better set my insulin pump. If I'm feeling that I might have low BG, I also test then. People using a pump or a sliding scale for insulin injections need a pre-meal BG to know how much insulin is needed to handle each meal. So, your habits are very similar to mine. I had my doctor write the RX for 7 tests per day to assure that I have enough and luckily my insurance covers all but $100 for a 90-day supply.

audiophile55 2012-12-13 19:16:33 -0600 Report

Thanks. Unfortunately for me, I do not have insurance. I would love to have the pump, but I don't see that ever happening. I just want the Dr. to get it under control, so I can at least eat my bread with a meal.

jayabee52 2012-12-14 12:06:06 -0600 Report

I find that though I loved to eat bread, diabetes wise, bread was NOT my friend. It wasn't until I discontinued breads of any and all kinds that I got a handle on my Blood Glucose (bg) readings and could do it without using Diabetes meds of any kind. You can see what I did if you click this link here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

I pray you can manage your diabetes in this way and so avoid the big medical bills.

I gave up on expecting my Dr to controll my diabetes. I found that really, I had to do it myself, with the Dr's help, of course.

locarb 2012-12-16 13:10:30 -0600 Report

When all is said and done, I found this to work for me too. It is difficult to initially believe that you can learn to substitute foods or learn to live without them entirely. Mahler's makes a very good "diabetic" low carb bread (only 6 carb grams per slice). I sometimes have that but I usually even pass on that too.

Finding a cooperative, knowledgeable doctor isn't easy. Between health insurance limitations (assuming that you even are fortunate enough to have insurance) and a general lack of training or practice in this field, you find yourself searching for information. Doctors can lead and guide you, but each of us have to face this condition each day. As you know, and read here, it seems to always be a challenge.

So far I'm fortunate, I manage to exercise, monitor what I eat and control BG. But slip just one thing like taking a break from exercise, or getting sick and you can put on weight. Have you ever noticed that even a pound or two can make a difference in "control"? Yoga helps me, but it was AWFUL in the beginning. I also use weights but I honestly don't like going to the gym (but do it anyway).

I manage to stay on top of diabetes but I do suffer from neuropathy. Even with controlled numbers (as many of you know), you can still face daily constraints with other related and unrelated conditions. Just find and hopefully share the motivation to do something each day and, of course, maintain scheduled medical visits and care. The interval between appointments is life, and each one of us ultimately have to balance the many suggestions that you read here.

jayabee52 2012-12-16 19:23:11 -0600 Report

on the issue of cooperative Drs, I had been doing my meal plan for about 1.5 mos and then I didn't ask him about it, I told him about it. He didn't say a thing, I guess because he could see it was helping me manage my diabetes well.

Caroltoo 2012-12-17 02:55:51 -0600 Report

I had a similar experience. Went to my doctor who was amazed at how well I was doing and shocked to hear I was med free. Of course she wanted to know what I was doing. Told her I discovered I was gluten intolerant and which made me overreact to certain carbs. Was also exercising regularly and watching my stress levels. She did comment: said she wished she could refer a few of her other patients to me so I could motivate them to do the same!

audiophile55 2012-12-14 12:48:22 -0600 Report

That's an amazing story. I, too, discovered that if I do not eat bread or any starches at all, like Total cereal, oats, bread, my BG's stay down there as well. I have been limiting myself to one slice per day. In the a.m. with breakfast. This is the only time I *really* want that piece of bread as toast, with my bacon and egg. I think I'm going to do some research and see which brand of bread is easiest on diabetics. I was a big fan of "The Atkins Diet" pancake mix. The flavor reminds me of the cone (not the sugar cone but the plain cone) for ice cream. They stopped marketing the Atkins diet foods, but I found that you can still get the same thing under a different name. The downside is, you have to mail order it. I don't know what the difference between "net carb's" and regular carbs is, but I really liked this stuff. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pancake-Mix-Low-Carb-...

jayabee52 2012-12-15 12:09:59 -0600 Report

about the net carbs, read this discussion ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/89... "GrandmaGib's" answer is the one on which you want to focus. There are low carb and no carb breads out there, but they are expensive (Last I checked $6.00 for a loaf of bread and that is before shipping and handling is added to the price.

I am told that dark rye breads (like pumpernickle) are lower on the glycemic index for some reason.

jayabee52 2012-12-17 13:45:47 -0600 Report

it is not as abundant as wheat bread is, but I have usually seen it in most full line grocery stires. It usually comes in 3 or 4 types: Jewish, Dill, Dark (or Black) and pumpernickle. (the darker the better) Of those I mentioned Pumpernickle has the lowest carb load, and is the hardest to find in the stores. Sometimes you have to ask the manager to stock it if it is not there.

as far as brands go, I usually take a look at the nutrition label and make a decision on that basis. Sometimes the "no brand" breads are lowest in carbs, sometimes not.

audiophile55 2012-12-17 13:47:55 -0600 Report

Thanks. I probably won't be able to locate any where I live and if I do, it is probably going to be way out of my budget. Like my mother told me years ago…this is the most expensive disease in existence.

jayabee52 2012-12-17 13:58:57 -0600 Report

I am a pretty frugal fella and still I manage to eat well enough because I know many ways to save on food. It is the meds and the other needs of diabetes which are expensive.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-12-16 07:33:35 -0600 Report

I love the rye bread it's great with anything and BG readings stay within norm, no spikes and only 11 carb grams per a healthy slice. I like to eat French toast with it and some sugar free syrup topped with a few berries. It works for me!

Type1Lou 2012-12-14 09:50:45 -0600 Report

Bread is one of the things I miss the most…I indulge, now and then, in one thin slice of 5 grain bread but never eat any sandwiches or pizza…too many carbs. As I've gotten older it seems easier to do without all the things I used to love to eat. I still indulge in my version of a peanut butter cup which is one square of good quality dark chocolate topped with a spoonful of all-natural (just peanuts and salt) peanut butter…yummy and only around 8 grams of carb! Happy holidays!

audiophile55 2012-12-13 16:01:35 -0600 Report

I test too often, I'm sure. But I worry. I test 1st thing in a.m. then test 2 hrs after breakfast, then again b4 lunch, then after, then a bunch of times between until suppertime.

Do any of you ever notice your bg go up after having coffee? I use sweet 'n low and coffee mate in my coffee. no carbs in coffee, no carbs in S&L and no carbs in coffee mate. can't figure that out.

Caroltoo 2012-12-14 07:19:44 -0600 Report

Another way of looking at it is: coffee is a stimulant, stimulants increase physiological stress, stress increases BG readings. For me, it's a small rise and is definitely worth it for the pleasure a hot aromatic cup of coffee gives me.

Type1Lou 2012-12-13 17:09:04 -0600 Report

Not to be a grinch, but even the sugar-free versions of CoffeeMate, either powder or liquid, do have some carbs. The non-sugar-free versions I checked can have from 5 grams to 8 grams of carb. For example, the Sugar-free Pumpkin Spice liquid CoffeeMate has 2 grams of carb per serving which is 1 tbsp. Even the Original liquid, with no added flavorings, has 2 grams of carb per tbsp. Make sure you read the labels and pay attention to how many servings you use. I got the carb info from the CoffeeMate web site: http://www.coffee-mate.com/Products/Pumpkin-S....

audiophile55 2012-12-13 19:13:32 -0600 Report

Thanks. I never use the flavored coffee creamers. I know they contain sugar and/or carbs, so I just stayed away from them. The farthest I will go is coffee mate creamer, unflavored.

s l k
s l k 2012-12-17 12:49:44 -0600 Report

I use skim milk, and my new thing: sugar free coffee syrups…the caramel is good in sugar free apple cider and also coffee, with a sprinkling of cinnamon…yum…

audiophile55 2012-12-17 13:35:52 -0600 Report

I made the mistake of buying a whole bag of Steveia, hoping to be bable to bake Christmas cookies with it that call for sugar. To my dismay, that is the most horrible stuff I have tried yet. It leaves the most bitter taste in my mouth I've ever experienced. I might add that, this morning, I decided to use Splenda in my coffee instead of Sweet"n Low, and my sugar has been high all day. I did some research on Splenda, and quite a few people have stated that the powdered Splenda raises their sugar, while some people it doesnt effect at all. Man, am I tired of this. I can see why some people finally just give up and don't care what happens to them, because this is ridiculous.

jayabee52 2012-12-13 17:12:07 -0600 Report

and some of the more generic powdered coffee creamers have even more carbs! How's that for being a grinch?

Type1Lou 2012-12-13 17:51:24 -0600 Report

I can't stand the powdered coffee stuff! I usually use just plain 2% milk…around 3 grams of carb for 1/4 cup…my husband says I like coffee with my milk. If I'm out and they only have the powder, I'll either drink it black or just pass. Grinches of the world…unite!

jayabee52 2012-12-13 16:50:59 -0600 Report

oh yes I do notice a 30 pt rise in drinking 1, 8oz cup of unsweetened black coffee is 2 carbs (according to the quote related below) but the caffeine in coffee does trigger one's adrenal glands and to produce adreneline which DOES raise one's Blood Glucose (BG) levels. That accounts for my 30 pt rise.

Regarding coffee creamers: "Coffee related beverages (like Coffee-Mate Creamer) can be low in carbs or quite high in carbs, depending on their basic (or added) ingredients. For example, a mocha frappuccino can contain up to 45 grams of net carbs, while a plain cup of coffee can contain as little as 2 grams of carbohydrate. Coffee creamers are relatively low in carbohydrates, but if used regularly can significantly boost your carb-intake. Obviously adding sugar to coffee will also significantly raise your intake of carbohydrate."
Source ~ http://www.carbs-information.com/coffee/carbs...

So audiophile, what you noticed about coffee is not a figment of your imagination! I myself avoid it now (and I used to drink a LOT of the black stuff), mainly due to kidney issues.

I pray this is helpful to you

James Baker

audiophile55 2012-12-13 19:09:05 -0600 Report

Thanks, James. I have been diabetic for 17 years, and I still don't understand this dreadful disease. I was type 2 for years, and then was pit on levimer, the pen, a year ago this month. I'm taking 50 units before bed, and it doesnt seem to be doing the trick anymore. Up until about a month ago, I was doing pretty good, but all that seems to have come to an end. My dr put me on 4 units of something called "Humalog mix 75/25" which I am instructed to take right before lunch. It really doesnt seem to do me much good. If I eat that one slice of bread, it raises it to around 190. It seems to me that it shouldnt be going that high with insulin. About the coffee…I buy the plain, old Coffee Mate Creamer—never the cheap stuff. No flavorings or anything. On the container, it says zero where carbs are concerned. If I drink a cup in the afternoon, it doesn't raise it drastically, just enough that I noticed it when I checked my BG sometime after drinking it. I pretty much watch what I eat, but I sure can't understand why I can't even eat just a slice of bread. We have to have carbs for energy, so I can't cut them out completely. It never went that far up until about a month ago. I guess something must have finally pushed me over the edge to type A. My dad takes some type of insulin where if he decides he wants to eat some cookies, he takes enough of whatever it is that counteracts it. I want to try that, whatever it is. This is really been tough because I loved to eat. Anyway…there is no way I can give up coffee in the morning. It doesnt take long for my sugar to come back down after breakfast, which is nice. Its the time between lunch and supper where I have the problem. Thanks so much for responding to my post. Steve

Langerm 2012-12-13 00:54:28 -0600 Report

I do way, way better when I test often. Fasting and before/after meals. I've actually had doctors who discouraged me from testing… with disastrous consequences.

Caroltoo 2012-12-13 01:06:10 -0600 Report

I felt safest when I tested six times a day. Unfortunately, medicare thought that was too often for someone who had never actually used insulin and stopped paying. Oh well…

Bfbacon 2012-12-12 21:03:43 -0600 Report

4-5 times a day now. It can be obsessive if you're trying for great control! I went 10 years in my risky youth hardly ever testing…somehow managed OK, had some scary times. But the more you test the better the numbers, no doubt about it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-11 20:38:30 -0600 Report

I test once a day. I only test more than once if I feel low or high. I might have to do this once or twice a week.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-12-11 17:54:43 -0600 Report

Yep, I too do all that testing. I've been on insulin since a very young age, so no other choice but check, check, and rechecks. Thankfully it is soo easy now:)

Safari4 2012-12-15 06:55:51 -0600 Report

I only test once daily at different times . I starting to be able to know if it's off and then I check it…but then I'm newly diagnosed and Type II and bringing it down with diet and exercise…no meds, thank God.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-12-15 23:37:02 -0600 Report

Keep up the diet and exercise control and stay on top of the bg checks and maybe you'll never progress to meds, wish that had been an option for me.

locarb 2012-12-11 14:26:48 -0600 Report

I think that what you're doing is great. I used to test that often (I was diagnosed in August 2010). I've had two years of A1C's in 5.4 to 5.7 and routinely stay in the 80's and 90's from diet and exercise. Many of us learn what works for us. Others have greater challenges despite their best efforts. I understand how fortunate I am comparatively.

Keep doing what you're doing. Make sure that you keep a record of your numbers. As you know, you can do that on your meter. I started using an App on my tablet that has graphs and all sorts of things…it's really great; the only thing is I have almost a flat line because I am "controlled."

I rarely, rarely take anything that I know isn't "good" for me but I have very few temptations anymore. Feeling good tastes better.

tabby9146 2012-12-14 09:39:14 -0600 Report

I have been the same so far, diagnosed in late 2008, so it has been 4 yrs, was put on pills in the beginning, but not for long, caught early, lost all the weight, just worked at it ,and was very fortunate, not a day goes by that I don't think how thankful I am that so far, so good. My A1C's have been in the same range as yours and numbers about the same too.

s l k
s l k 2012-12-13 13:09:01 -0600 Report

I've gotten that way. Today I ate an extra slice of pineapple I hadn't planned on for lunch…I look at it as a bit of an indulgence…after all I have been baking cookies at home for days now and haven't so much as licked a spoon!

For me, it's wanting to see a great improvement on my numbers.

oiyon 2012-12-11 09:03:11 -0600 Report

Most of the time I test 7 times daily if I test as I should if blood glucose is high the testing is higher as I am on an insulin pump.

jayabee52 2012-12-11 00:31:09 -0600 Report

i test 3 times a day. My AM fasting, and 2 hrs after a meal, rotated after a different meal per the day of the week, and then I test just before bedtime so I can eat something to correct a lower BG level so that I sleep I won't have a liver dump and wake up higher than usual

If something seems wrong, I will test more often.


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