Question on multiple BG readings

By debimzadi Latest Reply 2014-02-23 17:03:49 -0600
Started 2014-02-22 23:22:18 -0600

I recently started checking readings morning and night. Should there be a standard amount of time you wait for a before breakfast reading? 8 hrs? 9hrs? Or is it okay to mix them up. And for the night readings should I wait a standard amount of time after my last meal/snack?

I also don't know if I should use all the readings to average into my a1c?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm a noob and am trying to figure out the best methods for tracking my BG.

Thanks for all the help.


5 replies

Glucerna 2014-02-23 17:03:49 -0600 Report

Great questions Deb! Talk with your doctor and/or diabetes educator to get their input on when to test your blood sugar. As others have said, the timing and amount of testing varies from person to person. The reason to test blood sugar is to gain information to help make adjustments in food choices, activity level, and medication. The A1c is a separate blood test from your daily glucometer tests. While the A1c gives an overall average of your blood sugar levels for the previous 3 months, it's not a mathematical average of the blood sugar tests you do. You can read more about the A1c test here: ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-23 16:24:53 -0600 Report

When first diagnosed I tested when I woke up before eating. Then I tested 2 hours after each meal. Now I test once a day or once every other day just to see where I am. Since I got sick last week I am back on my routine. I don't sleep for 8 hours every night. Depends on what time I go to bed and what time I wake up.

elwojcik65 2014-02-23 07:56:45 -0600 Report

Morning Deb. Being a newbie myself, it really varies with me when I check except for the morning fasting test. I always do that one. Like many people, the number of strips I can get through my insurance doesn't cover for the number of times I would like to be testing. Soooo…I use my strips sparingly. When I feel low I test just to see where I am. Usually I feel low when I hit about 80. I know at some point I will need to be checking more often as my body changes. Message me anytime and we can talk.

jayabee52 2014-02-23 03:12:59 -0600 Report

Howdy Deb!
You are here to learn, especially if you are new to all of this. And IMHO the only foolish or stupiD question is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

Here is what I do and recommend for your testing regimen: i test right after my first awakening, usually at 8 or 9 hrs after going to bed, before anything is eaten or drunk. That is the fasting reading. I like to see mine anywhere from the 90s through high 120s (mg/dl of course)

Then for my 2nd reading of the day I take that 2 hrs postpradial after a meal I have selected for that day. Example: Sunday, 2 hrs after breakfast, Monday 2 hrs after Lunch, Tuesday 2 hrs after the evening meal. and so on rotating throughout the week.

The 3rd reading of the day is taken just prior to bedtime. The reason for that reading is to get a BG level upon retiring for the night.

The reaon for that is as follows: I had been having problems with high fasting readings in the AM. due to an overnight liver dump. When I asked my Dr about that he told me that If my bedtime BG was under 130 then I should eat a snack of a couple of squares of graham crackers (complex carb) with peanut butter (protein) on them. I followed that advice and I no longer had liver dumps in the night and high fasting readings in the AM. I obviously did not need the evening snack if my BG levels were over 130. .(that may be something you're going to have to tweak for your own body's metabolism)

As far as your question on A1c, your A1c could be gotten through your Dr ordering a blood test for A1c at 90 days, or later after your last A1c. There are meters which test A1cs which are available through pharmacies or mail order, and they look and kinda work like a glucometer.

Some folks like to try and average their BG readings throughout the months, and try to see if it comes close to the A1c from the Dr. But since it is only an average of one's testing points (and the A1c is a 24/7/90 average) the figured average could be quite off. I myself do not try that, because I have "discalculia" (trouble figuring math)

God's best to you and yours

Young1s 2014-02-22 23:52:15 -0600 Report

Hey deb, one thing I've learned over my small years of being a diabetic is that there isn't any method or wrong questions. While we all have to experience this annoyance in difference ways, sometimes some of us are compatible.

I'll tell you this much, my doc says check yourself first thing when you get up. That way you get a true morning fasting number. After that is up to you, but even that should be somewhat controlled. So for me, I used to feel the great need to test, (and bear with me here). first thing, before breakfast, 2 hrs after breakfast, before lunch, 2 hrs afters lunch, before dinner, 2 hrs after dinner, and before nite nite time.

If you've counted that right, it was at least 6-7 times a day on any giving day…I realized that that was a bit obsessive for me. And it was. I am now down to 4 times a day and sometimes 3. Only because that's only what my insurance will pay for and I got tired of paying out of the pocket for the rest. It does add up…and yes I did it for a time.

Here's what I do for now, and I say for now (subject to change at any time), I test for my morning fast and try to judge my meals accordingly afterwards. Then my next tests depend on my afternoon or evening meals, depending on what they are. But that's just me.

Trust me, while I'm not the only mix it up eater, there are others here who will tell you that the eating the same diet day in and day out is what is the best and what works best. The thing is, we are all like snowflakes. No two are alike. It really is up to you to figure it out, however some similarities ring true. So that's where we can help.

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