Testing Glucose.

By ralprugger Latest Reply 2009-07-25 23:10:52 -0500
Started 2009-05-18 14:54:18 -0500

Perhaps I can get some needed advice.
I was diagnoised with Diabetes several years ago, 98, and due to the inactivity of my situation, My weight had jumped to 335. I lost about 85 pounds and along the way, the Diabetes disappered. Now at 230, it has returned (I am 6'3", large muscular Frame often called Obese Grrr,)
I am quite active.
Last night I checked my Glucose, it was 222.
This morning at 6, it was 186, after an egg sandwich it rose to 212, at 1 it was 168.
I suffered Hypoglycemia one time several years ago. So, I have varied glucose reactions.
My question is; I was told to check it once a day, however it appears this is inaccurate.
I am testing several times each day, should I continue, or not?
My average thus far is 190.
I have noticed over the years, (from what I have learned so far) that My Bllod sugar levels will sometimes (as my blood pressure does) surge and stay up for several days, before going down.
Is there a way to determine how and when I should eat, test my glucose level?

8 replies

Edie 2009-07-10 12:00:16 -0500 Report

Ralph, I test when I first get up in the Morning, Eat Breakfast and then check again 2 hours after the Meal.
Then check again before Lunch and again 2 hours later and the same way for Dinner
Also check between 8-9 and take my last shot for the day.
I found that writing down what I eat has also helped me to see what makes my Blood Sugar to sky rocket and what makes it drop. If what makes it Skyrocket is something you can't live with out then eat it once a week to have a treat of it. I found that I did this for 2 months and then ate it every two weeks for 2 months and now I can eat it once a Month and not go crazy when I do eat it.

I can now check my sugar Before Breakfast (Fasting test) and Then Before and After Lunch and Before Dinner and then again between 8-9 and am doing so much better.
Hope this helps you with your numbers.

ralprugger 2009-07-23 02:46:43 -0500 Report

I Apologize for not respondng sooner.
I have become very despondent about being Diabetic and feel helpless right now.
I was and remain courages in the interium.
The cause is that My Lady Friend has been told by Her Dr that the chemo and other treatments for liver cancer she has had, have not helped at all.Her demise is confirmed to occur soon. She, of necessity must use Strong Narcotics for the pain and is sleeping extensively. During the last 6 month's I have encouragedand upifted Her in as many ways as I could, to no avail.
I am totally consumned by this for now, but will recover.
No, I'm not the one in such heavy pain, although to have a Loved One suffer to such an extent with vomiting and so many other physical reaction's is disasterous to all caring and Loving Friends, also.
Concerning My testing, I tested religiously for 4 weeks, early in the mornings, before and after breakfast, at noon, both with days of leisure and hard sweat times. Then again just before bed time.
Prior to becoming Diabetic, I often skipped lunch, but now I have found that Breakfast at 9 or 10 AM, requires a lunch about 2:30, or My BS will crash. ie. The trembling hands and weakness.
Recently I have only tested irregularly
although I have altered my diet to less
starchy foods, less bread, and turned to immune boosters, like Tomatoes, Strawberries, and Blue Berries.
I'm a heavy muscled Guy (yes, even at 66 yrs) and enjoy physical exerction from cutting My grass or chopping down small tree's. The exercise clears my lungs, and keeps me strong. The Heavy sweat, cleans My body from many toxins and I recommend it for those capable. AS long as I eat properly, it doesn't show any deterent to maintaing My BS levels.
It appears that the MOST Importent meals,
are those small ones between the regular ones. Otherwise My BS will spike.
I have also found that I can feel the need to eat a sweet and through moderation, obeying this need, is Importent also.
THe body is a compicated thing and has its own agenda. Finding Your Body's agenda is a good effort to use in preventing BS spikes. It works for me.
God Bless Each of You in Your Struggle to to Be a Victorious Diabetic.

Edie 2009-07-23 08:40:25 -0500 Report

I am sorry to hear about your Loved One. You are doing your best and helping her at the same time. I will keep you both in my prayers. How long has the Dr. said she has? Keep checking you BG levels regularly and try to eat at the same times each day. By doing what you need to do to stay ontop of your Sugar levels will help her also to have you there with her as she needs you. If you don't taker care of your self you won't be any use to any one else I have learned.
Your Friend Always;

ralprugger 2009-07-25 23:10:52 -0500 Report

Thank You Edie.
The Dr only says the cancer is getting worse. One Good day in 2 weeks is not good.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-05-31 05:25:47 -0500 Report

Just hoping you are keeping a journal. This is something you and your MD need to be going over with. Keep a record of your BS and a food journal. These BS are out of control and should go no high than 120. Please take time and get it under control. When you leave your shoulds out of control for so long thats ussally when compkication will start to set in. I want you to updated me and let me know how you are doing. I really care about you…Debe

lois hutchins
lois hutchins 2009-05-31 14:21:55 -0500 Report

ok you can spank me for Not doin the journal thing Debe
overall I am much better ,I just hate writing!!
BAD Lois

SkipT 2009-05-18 17:02:55 -0500 Report

When I see that someone has a lot of questions about diabetes I always send them to this website:


It will answer a lot of the questions you have asked.
Good luck.

lois hutchins
lois hutchins 2009-05-31 14:18:23 -0500 Report

to the rescue!!! this man knows his stuff and you need to listen so you can do and feel better!!
He helped me when I first came on here!
Help is here BUT you have to do the work!
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