Eat to your meter?

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-11-19 07:09:01 -0600
Started 2014-11-11 13:44:18 -0600

I have heard many say "eat to your meter". That would be ok but wouldn't that mean checking your sugar at least 6-7 times a day. Talk about some sore fingers. I was checking my sugar 4 times a day when we were trying to figure out what was going on with my high levels but now I have backed off to 2 times a day. When you add checking 6 times a day to taking 4 insulin injections, that's a lot of needle sticks.

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MaxieFo 2014-11-12 09:41:14 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed I only tested twice a day and I did not feel like that was enough to properly learn my highs and lows. Now it has been about two months since my diagnosis, my leg pain and numbness is back and I am finding myself testing at least 4 to 6 times a day because of higher blood sugar readings. I sometimes find it challenging to test because my fingers do not want to cooperate.

kc_froglady 2014-11-12 08:02:03 -0600 Report

I am testing roughly 5 times a day and sometimes up to 8 if I am trying new foods or doing something different and after changing or tweaking meds. I do sometimes get sore fingers as I have issues with getting a good enough blood sample from some of my digits :0) I try to just use it as info. I wish I could find a good all in one place to track the foods I eat the time I check and my readings and so on. Really disappointed that the DC app for Android isn't functional

jayabee52 2014-11-11 17:43:51 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre

What I understand by "eat to your meter" means a poke to the finger after each meal. I don't poke between meals (before the meal) so that reduces the pokes by 2 or 3. I also don't get sore fingers as I test on the sides and tips of my fingers. If one does it right one can get about 15 testing (if useing the ffleshy pads it increases the testing sites to 20) sites on just one hand. As long as one doesn't poke the same site more than once per day one shouldn't get a sore finger.

Yes it is a lot of needle sticks for you but we do what we need to do to stay as healthy as possible

Praying God's best to you


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Silicone eyes 2014-11-11 15:31:55 -0600 Report

Sorry to say, yeah, that's what it would mean. When I switched to my pump, I started testing at least 8 times a day, 1st thing when I wake up, before every meal, 2 hours after, and before bed, at a minimum. As bad as that sounds, it resulted in the best control that I have ever had. I quit looking at testing as judgement, and started treating it for what it really is; information. How else can we know that what we are doing is working or not. It's not any fun, but it is the most accurate way to

GabbyPA 2014-11-12 06:25:42 -0600 Report

This is the ideal way to do it for sure. And what you said about judgement and information is so very true. It's a tool, just like a hammer to a contractor or a pan to a chef. Not knowing doesn't help.

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