Monitoring Blood Sugar

By esmari829 Latest Reply 2014-10-14 04:22:06 -0500
Started 2014-10-13 00:56:15 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 2 years ago. My A1C have been less then since 6.6%. I know that this isn't a bad result (at least according to my doctor). I have always done a bad job of remembering to test my blood sugar. I have tried reminders or a timer (my schedule is never the same). It doesn't seem to help me. I looking for advice on how to get better at testing.

Can anyone help?

5 replies

lilleyheidi 2014-10-14 04:22:06 -0500 Report

I have a tendency to "forget" to test also. I'm consistent in my early morning tests but the rest of the day I seem to let slip by with maybe (if I'm lucky) one other test. I meet with my Endo on the 28th, and we will be discussing me going on the pump, and I know one of the requirements for the pump is frequent tests, so this week, i've started using my smart phone alarm to set timers to go off every few hours to remind me to test, and I carry my monitor with me every where I go. For me, it is a mind set I have to get into, I want to/need to take control of my diabetes, and testing frequently is an important way for me to gain control.
good luck.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-13 14:54:33 -0500 Report

You might have to find something that will trigger you to remember. You can try typing up "TEST MY BLOOD" on a label format and cut them and tape them to the fridge, on your dashboard in your car, on your bathroom mirror or anywhere in the house.

I had that problem when I first was diagnosed but then i got into the routine. I now only test once every other day.

jayabee52 2014-10-13 03:30:59 -0500 Report

Howdy Esmari

6.6 A1c you must be doing something right!

How many times do you need to test per day?

All I can say is to keep at it. As soon as you remember that you forgot you go ahead and test. Pretty soon I expect it will be part of your life. I have been testing for so long that I really don't remember not doing it.

Here is a discussion on the same subject from a while ago: ~

I pray you even better A1cs in the future


esmari829 2014-10-13 09:16:14 -0500 Report

Hi Jayabee52,
If I remember I get in one test a day, but usually it is maybe once a week. In reading the other discussion I think I might be getting hung up on the times I should test. I might eat lunch and then say that I will test but then I get busy at work and miss the whole "2 hours after eating" period.

Does it really matter when I test? Or is it more important to make sure I test?

Glucerna 2014-10-13 17:16:30 -0500 Report

This is a really good question to ask your physician and get his recommendation. Perhaps you could test before a meal, which might be easier to remember? If you have a smartphone, you could set an alarm on your phone to remind you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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