Testing: How often and why?

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2013-06-11 06:44:09 -0500
Started 2013-05-21 10:42:19 -0500

If you test your BG levels, how many times a day do you test? When? (upon rising? before a meal? after a meal? before bed? mid afternoon? mid evening (2 or 3 AM)? and why do you test or maybe, if your testing pattern changes, why did you change it?
I will put in my .02 worth after a few days. Thanks, Jim

19 replies

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-05-23 14:09:30 -0500 Report

I test once a day, but at different times. When I switch to a new lot of test strips, I will test twice using both old and new strips to see what the difference between lots is. My A1C is steady at 5.2.

GitchyMe 2013-05-23 09:57:12 -0500 Report

Waking, before all meals, 2hours after meals, before bed and sometimes middle of the night and always when my cgm and pump require. Minimum of 8 but up to 15-20 somedays. Always if I am feeling a little something different physically as well. I have been doing basal rate formal testing also so there's even more testing on those days. Finger pricks don't bother me, its the cgm needle every 3 days that I hate. Really have to psych myself up for that bad boy!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-05-23 11:21:56 -0500 Report

Humm, I wonder if I can print this and send it to my doctor? That is how often I think I should be testing. Waking (B-fast is soon after) then mid-morning (maybe), before lunch, mid-afternoon, before supper, 2 hours after supper and before bed and sometimes between 2&3 am, depending on when I have to pee! I have not tested on my fingers for over 5 years. I use the area below my elbows.

122charlie 2013-05-23 08:19:19 -0500 Report

I now test 3 times per day, The first one at 11am, second at 3pm, third at 11pm. This is about average, times do vary. My current A1c is 5.8. I will also test if I'm not quite feeling well.

Type1Lou 2013-05-22 17:24:04 -0500 Report

I usually test 7 to 8 times a day. Upon awakening in the morning, before every meal and 2 hours post-meal and before bedtime. Sometimes, I test around 2 or 3 am because I'm also trying to get a handle on my higher than normal BG's upon awakening. I find that I'm testing more often, now that I'm on a pump. I am getting my A1c's back into the 6's with the last one 2 weeks ago at 6.7. If I also THINK I'm going hypo, I'll test to verify before eating anything to treat it. I'd be lost without my meter.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-05-23 11:24:57 -0500 Report

Yeah, my last A1C was over 10. I explained to him that I needed him to write for more test strips. When everything is good, I am at 5 times a day, when not good, easily doubled that, When I have enough strips, I do food testing. Eat something and test 2 hours later. That is how I know corn, peas, pizza, subs, potatoes and everything else I love is now more restricted!

Copperchef 2013-05-22 11:41:34 -0500 Report

As others, after being diagnosed 5 years ago as a type 2 with an A1C of over 12 and blood sugar levels that would only register as HIGH, and testing 4 times a day, I now only have to test once a day and I change off everyday from the morning to the evening. I have dropped 40 lbs. I exercise 3 times a week and sort of watch my diet.(Still eat bread and pasta)
I now avoid all fast foods and prepackaged foods, Eating more fresh vegetables and fruits along with leaner meats. I consume 1200 to 1500 calories a day and find I am still losing weight.
Oh, and one more important thing, I consume 32 to 48 ounces of water minimum everyday. My endocrinologist stressed that as one of the most important things I could do, My cardiologist also concurs.
Currently, my A1C is at 5.4 and my BG never spikes above 155. Sleep better, feel better and more active than 5 years ago.
Testing is actually training for you. Gets you used to a regimen and what your body is doing. Makes you key in on values important to your bodies health and well-being. As you progress with this disease, you get a greater understanding of your bodies limitations. My wife is a Type 1, and her challenges are harder than mine, but together we work on keeping her as healthy as possible inspite of the disease. Luckily, we can keep her A1C at around 7.5 which is not bad for a Type 1.

Armourer 2013-05-22 01:00:52 -0500 Report

I test when I get up, then test before each meal. Medicare will only approve of three tests a day. I'd really like to test 5 times a day though.

Nick1962 2013-05-21 17:06:02 -0500 Report

Since my A1c has been under 5.5 now for 4 years now, doctor says I no longer need to test, but I still do. In the beginning I tested all the time. Waking, before and after breakfast, mid-morning, before and after lunch, mid afternoon, …….you get the picture. It was the only way for me to get a handle on what was going on and what foods to avoid in my diet. Yes, it was expensive, but the up-front cost proved to outweigh the lack of testing I have to do now.
Now I “dipstick” test – check the oil as it were. Every other day at random just to see where I’m at, anytime I get a painkiller/steroid shot just to make sure I adjust my diet accordingly, whenever I’m sick, if I’ve eaten off my routine diet, or anything else I figure would throw things out of whack. I'll even do an intense testing session after consuming what I consider to be a "normal" meal to see what my reaction is (usually when I have strips close to expiration). If I see my A1c go back into the high 5 range, I’ll start testing more frequently again.

Charlieb63 2013-05-21 16:57:50 -0500 Report

I test FIRST thing every morning when I wake up and again 1-2 hours after my last meal of the day. I am Type 2.

re1ndeer 2013-05-21 14:27:39 -0500 Report

I test 4 times a day (sometimes more). I test before each meal, and before bedtime. If I feel light headed or strange I will test. If there is a change in blood sugars, I will test again in 15 minutes.

ShellyLargent 2013-05-21 12:31:28 -0500 Report

I have to test quite often during the day because my pump requires it. I test for each meal so that my pump can calculate my bolus needed. I do test 2 hours after my meals if I wasn't sure about the carb count, simply to make sure I do not need to correct for a high. I then test before bed to make sure I'm still running good levels and correct if needed. Most of the time, I can time it just right, so it's only like 5 times during the day, but I've gone up to as many as 10 in one day.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-21 10:59:11 -0500 Report

Testing is individualized. I only have to test once a day. I rotate between morning and evening doing this a week at a time. I will test several times throughout the day if I feel high or low so that I can make needed adjustments.

correctionsnurse1 2013-05-28 13:49:32 -0500 Report

Actually, as far as I have been told and research, it is best to randomly test BS, but I am a creature of habit and like doing mine b4 meals and bedtime. But i do get the concept behind testing randomly.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-05-30 11:08:00 -0500 Report

Even though you are told when to test by your doctor, you still have to test based on how your body reacts.

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