By PeterD1960 Latest Reply 2013-07-02 05:21:26 -0500
Started 2013-07-01 07:58:58 -0500

How many times a day should I be testing? My doctor said 4. Before every meal and before bed. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on June 20 2013, and at this point am only testing. I'm another week I will go back to the doctor and try and determine a treatment.

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denipink 2013-07-02 05:21:26 -0500 Report

Hello Peter, for the first couple of years i rarely tested at all. I did not realize the importance of testing. Today i test before and after every meal and before bed. I do this because when i visit my doc and the Endo this month they will want to see how i have been doing. I just started on 2 new insulins and it took me a while to find what dosage of my insulin worked best.

Welcome to the group :)

GabbyPA 2013-07-01 18:50:57 -0500 Report

Testing is the window into what is going on. I use it as a tool to help me gauge what I need to do for the day to keep levels in a good range. When I was first diagnosed, I tested before and after every meal and before I went to bed and when I got up. Sometimes I even tested at 3:00 in the morning to see when my body started to raise my levels. I wrote everything down and kept a journal. Then as I saw patterns in what my body did, I could take note and make my adjustments. Plus, I was just plain old curious. If test strips didn't cost so much, I would test more now, even.

Now I test 2 times a day minimum. Always a fasting test in the morning and then one before going to bed. Other than that, I test when I feel a little off or when I know I have eaten more of something than I should.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-01 11:40:13 -0500 Report

I agree with Nick. I was told to only test once a day. I tested after every meal, before bed and in the morning. This helped me to track what was going on with my body. Now I test once a day or only when I feel high or low. Only you can determine what is best for you to do.

Nick1962 2013-07-01 09:28:11 -0500 Report

Hey Peter, welcome to the group!
I've always been a fan of testing as much and as often as you can afford to in the early stages. It's the best way to get a good picture of what your body is going through, and what foods you can and can't tolerate.
Once you know or develop your body's "rythm", and gain some control if possible, you may be able to just "spot test" once or twice a day. Or like me, not have to test at all (but I still do).

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