How often to take BS?

orange power
By orange power Latest Reply 2014-05-24 17:54:47 -0500
Started 2014-05-23 22:01:24 -0500

Trying to figure out how many times per day to take my BS. I've taken it about 3-4 times a day as it's been up & down. I'm starting to wonder if I'm over doing it. But I'm also trying to determine what it is based on how I feel. Any guidelines or thoughts from anyone?

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8 replies

Glucerna 2014-05-24 17:54:47 -0500 Report

Coming up with a plan to test at regular times throughout the day as others have sugggested, plus testing whenever you're feeling a bit off, or you do extra exercise or activity, or you're sick, makes a lot of sense. That way you collect useful data on a daily basis, plus you're finding out how your body reacts in new or different situations. This is also a really good discussion to have with your physician and/or diabetes educator. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-05-24 17:05:21 -0500 Report

I average 8 tests a day…fasting, before every meal, 2 hours after each meal, at bedtime and frequently at 3 am because I'm trying to get a handle on my Dawn Phenomenon. I also test if I think I'm feeling a low BG. This afternoon I thought it was low but it came back at 300 (!). I had disconnected my pump several hours earlier to take a shower and must not have reconnected properly…once I disconnected and reconnected and doubled my basal rate for 90 minutes, I was back to 132. I would truly be lost without my meter.

jigsaw 2014-05-24 11:09:50 -0500 Report

Generally speaking, it is commonly recommended that blood sugar be checked when you first awaken in the AM (fasting) and two hours after each meal. It's not a bad idea to check your BG before each meal also.
If your bg is stable over a reasonable period of time, you may want to cut down on the frequency. If your bg is unstable, it would be a good idea to increase the frequency. I like to take a reading about 5 or 6 times a day. It helps me to see my response to various foods and exercise, as well as keep tight control in general.

kimfing 2014-05-24 09:20:49 -0500 Report

Im t1 i test when wake up, 3 hours after every meal, before meals, before bed and anytime i feel extremely hungry as that usually means i may b going low

neverlowbg 2014-05-24 01:53:52 -0500 Report

I use a pump and have to test minimum four times a day but endo likes 5-7 times a day witch is no problem like James and hola boy said right when you get up right before bed you should test before every meal and 2 hrs after for couple weeks by doing that you see how different foods affect your bg and if you test before a meal and your bg is too high you know you can't eat that much as you will stay high and you can see how different foods react to your body I know from checking if I'm 100 before meal and eat a slow acting carb at 2 hrs after meal I'll still be at 150 at 3 hrs 140 you should take a diabetes class and see a nutritionist they usually go hand in hand and covered by insurance but I learned in those classes I was doing allot of things wrong I fixed them and it did make a difference

jayabee52 2014-05-23 22:40:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Orange
I don't think 3 to 4 times per day is overdoing it, in fact it might be just about right. Blood Glucose (BG) test #1: is of course the fasting BG. Take it just after you get up and before you eat or drink anything. That will tell you how you did overnight and if there are any corrections need to be made in your pre bedtime routine (like needing a snack). BG tests #2 and #3 would best follow 2 hrs after one of your meals. You can rotate the meals which you follow with the BG test by day of the week. On Monday: breakfast. on Tues Lunch and so forth. (By following this schedule you perhaps could avoid test #3, but that would be up to you.)

BG Test #4 would be just prior to going to bed. If your BG level is under 120 mg/dl, you might wish to eat a light snack consisting of a complex carb paired with a protein (example a couple slices of apple smeared with peanut butter).This is to keep a steady flow of glucose to the bloodstream and prevent the dawn phenemenon from raising your BG levels early in the AM.

I pray this has been helpful

James Baker

haoleboy 2014-05-23 23:46:16 -0500 Report

Be aware that the point of testing 2 hours after eating is to check that your BGL is returning to the target that you have set. If you find it goes high you then need to make adjustments to what and/or how much you are eating to keep with in your targeted BGL … many find it helpful to keep a food log so as to better keep track of what does and does not spike you.
Testing does no good, unless you are using the info to fine tune your 'diet'

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