Sugar checking

By Ani Latest Reply 2009-04-28 09:21:11 -0500
Started 2009-04-27 11:27:42 -0500

How many times has this happened to you? you have a meal then take you medication. then when you check your sugar its lower than you thought it would be.
This has actually happened to me a couple of times. Because I only eat when I get hungry. So I dont snack on things I shouldn't.
Anyways what I have been doing now so my sugar is never to low is check my blood before I eat and after I eat so if it is low I dont take my medicine. And take it if my sugar is too high.

4 replies

2009-04-28 09:21:11 -0500 Report

I guess it all depends on what kind of medicine you are talking about. Pills for Type 2? Insulin for Type 2 or Type 1? If you are adjusting pills based on blood sugar readings that is not how they work. Does your doctor know you do this? Could be dangerous to mess with dosage without your doctor's knowledge or permission. Also, eating only when you get hungry is not how a person should manage their diabetes. Regular meals and snacks about 3-4 hours apart is the norm for managing this. I've always been taught that eating at the same times every day will help to keep blood sugars in check. Also taking medication at the same time every day is the norm. With Metformin, it's typical to take one dose at breakfast and one dose at supper. Take care, hope things are working out for you


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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-27 22:14:54 -0500 Report

Were you instructed to take your meds after eating? I think most of us take meds prior to eating.

My doctor has me on Novolog, a fast acting insulin (pen form).I test prior to eating and, if my BS is above 150, I inject the appropriate amount. The amount you inject is based on a sliding scale. Taking it after you eat is counter productive - like chasing your tail. By the time it kicks in, your reading would already be too high.

I believe most diabetic meds are to be taken prior to eating. You need to check with your doctor.

alwaystryin 2009-04-28 08:44:05 -0500 Report

I agree. I have been told that injecting at least 15 mins. before food is best.

2009-04-28 09:03:22 -0500 Report

I agree with Diane and alwaystryin and I always take my insulin shots at least 15 minutes and no more than 30 minutes prior to eating. I notice you have this under Type 2. I am Type 1 and only take insulin and I don't know if you're on medication only or a Type 2 on insulin. If you are on oral medications only, I hope more Type 2's can answer this question. Good luck to you! Angie