I awake at different times in the morning. When is it best to test?

Barnet Love
By Barnet Love Latest Reply 2014-11-02 19:43:18 -0600
Started 2014-10-30 11:08:56 -0500

I read somewhere that it is important to test within 15 minutes of awakening. Is that true?

I wake up anywhere between 6am and 8am. Should I test upon awakening, within 15 minutes, or at the same time each day (as long as I'm still fasting)?

What does everyone think?


13 replies

Pegsy 2014-10-30 15:50:25 -0500 Report

I test in the morning because I tend to have morning highs. I test at the same time every morning. If I happen to sleep late, which is rare, I test as soon as I get up.

haoleboy 2014-10-30 12:38:46 -0500 Report

Why are you testing in the morning?
If you are prone to morning highs due to the dawn phenomenon then within the first 15 minutes after waking is probably a good idea.
If you are testing to establish a pre-meal baseline then just before eating is best.
If you are testing just because you're supposed to then it really doesn't matter when (or if) you test.

Barnet Love
Barnet Love 2014-10-30 13:49:53 -0500 Report

Thanks for your reply!
I haven't noticed a big glucose dump in the mornings. I just want to establish a consistent, uncomplicated way of measuring my diabetes. Any thoughts?

haoleboy 2014-10-30 14:04:38 -0500 Report

As a type 2 I've found the morning test to be the least beneficial since I am not prone to morning highs (or lows). Also, as test strips are somewhat "precious", I tend to only test when I feel I have too, such as after eating a food that I do not normally eat in order to see the effect on BGL.
That said I think if you can establish a morning test that is roughly the same length of time after your last food intake the previous night may be the way to go … (i.e. 12 hours after last eating)


Barnet Love
Barnet Love 2014-11-01 13:35:32 -0500 Report

Thanks! I'm gradually taking myself off Metformin (with doctor's knowledge). My diabetes is reversing through a raw food diet. I've gone from 2000mg to 500mg per day. I'll take your advice & check during the day - before/after meals. Thanks so much!

haoleboy 2014-11-01 15:28:51 -0500 Report

You're vegan?
Do you find it difficult to get sufficient protein and stay low carb? I'm assuming you're low carbing … if so what is your daily card target?
And congrats on reducing that Metformin.


Barnet Love
Barnet Love 2014-11-02 16:19:26 -0600 Report

Hi Steve! Sorry for the delay. There's lots of protein in plants. Cows and elephants, for example, are vegan. They seem to be able to bulk up pretty nicely. Lots of info online about this.

Honestly, I don't have a daily carb target. The research I've done is that the most influential factor in T2 is not about regulating carb intake, but the inability of the cell wall to absorb nutrients. By going vegan and eliminating junk foods, gradually the cell wall normalizes and allows nutrition to be absorbed. There's a book by Dr. Neal Barnard, the founder of Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine. His book:


is excellent! I chose to go one step further, inspired by this video:


Let me know if you have any questions.

THANKS for the support!



haoleboy 2014-11-02 19:10:37 -0600 Report

Thanks for the links Barnet I will certainly check them out

I struggled finding sufficient complete proteins on a vegetarian diet and lost muscle mass. I eat LOTS of low carb vegetables … low carb being the key (for me at least). Over the 7 years I've been dealing with this my current diet seems to work best for all of my health concerns … low carb (20-50 total per day), moderate protein and moderate fats.


Barnet Love
Barnet Love 2014-11-02 19:43:18 -0600 Report

Great, Steve! Let me know if you have questions after you've checked out the links. warm wishes, namaste, Barnet