Dealing with Type 2 diabetes

By BB42 Latest Reply 2014-05-12 07:27:57 -0500
Started 2013-12-28 08:08:19 -0600

I have had Type 2 diabetes of almost 2 years. Fortunately, diet and exercise and metformin have kept it under good control. I check my blood sugar every morning before breakfast and the number has been pretty steady. Within the last few months, my number has been fairly high. When I retest it, the number is back to the usual range. The difference is usually 15 - 20 points. I called the manufacturer and they sent me a new meter. I also religiously test the strips I use and they are fine. Any suggestions?

16 replies

cjkfmgirl 2014-05-11 22:54:45 -0500 Report

I had been dealing with being a diabetic type 2 for 5 years now it is hard and I had more hi then lows thank goodness

BB42 2014-05-12 07:27:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the highs but still worry about the lows always wondering if my body is betraying m.

GabbyPA 2013-12-29 11:30:36 -0600 Report

You may also want to check the expiration of your test strips. Sometimes they get old or even damaged if you don't keep them closed tightly with humidity. (living in Florida, I have had to deal with that a little) But to be honest, 15-20 points is not a huge difference. Meters are a guide, not an absolute.

BB42 2013-12-29 13:24:59 -0600 Report

Thanks. They are brand new strips, tested and kept safe. I will keep your advice in mind

Nick1962 2013-12-28 15:08:59 -0600 Report

Aside from what others have mentioned, meters can be up to 20% off (I can get a 10-15 point difference from the same sample), plus you won't always have a consistent blood "mix" running through your body at all times. If you have a decent A1c, I wouldn't really worry about the few highs you see unless you see them consistently and often through the day. One test is only a very brief snapshot of what's going on too, so test as often as you can afford to get a clearer picture. Morning numbers can be high due to "Dawn Phenomenon" or less attractively "liver dump"

BB42 2013-12-28 16:48:45 -0600 Report

Fortunately, my A1C is good so I will try and take your advice and test at different times and more frequently. Thanks for making me feel a little better. I have been trying so hard to stay on top of this

Nick1962 2013-12-28 17:56:14 -0600 Report

Yeah, I was pretty retentive about it early on. I’d eat something and see a number like 180 and be all “oh geez, oh geez, oh geez I can’t eat that again” only to hit 86 an hour later. Lots of testing helped me understand better what I need to do and relax a little. We don’t need the stress affecting our numbers on top of everything.

dagger1234 2013-12-28 14:36:49 -0600 Report

There was a day I was a 131 three times in a row. I called the cust service line, and they said there was nothing wrong with my meter. i ate a granola bar, and 2 hours later, my BS sky rocketed. i felt like crap the whole day. It's kind of hard still to handle all of this in. I am 1 month in of being a type two diabetic and there are alot i need to still learn but will be well worth it. dont give up and keep it up! :)

BB42 2013-12-28 16:52:21 -0600 Report

At least you got through to customer service. It took me nearly 2 hours to do so. You take your own advice. It is difficult to deal with in the beginning . What bothers me is I have tried so hard and seemed to have a handle to the disease. I would hate to see a regression. Thanks for your support and let me know if I can reciporicate

dagger1234 2013-12-28 18:36:46 -0600 Report

Oh trust me! there were a few times i could not reach anyone and no one on the forums would respond to me or couldnt help me. i was so frustrated and angry, i just did what i thought was the best for me. :( *hugs* im here for ya.

Glucerna 2013-12-28 14:02:37 -0600 Report

There was a study a couple of years ago that showed that washing hands with warm tap water before testing can make a significant difference in blood sugar readings. If that doesn't solve the problem, definitely talk with your doctor and diabetes educator. ~Lynn @Glucerna

BB42 2013-12-28 16:54:07 -0600 Report

I do wash my hand before taking a reading with soap and hot water. I will definitely call my diabetes educator on Monday. Thank you so much for you suggestions and support

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-28 13:52:46 -0600 Report

Sometimes you have to modify your diet. After a while what you are eating may be the problem. I modify my diet everytime this happens and notice the changes.

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