BG readings

By Pammysue1972 Latest Reply 2015-02-22 17:44:47 -0600
Started 2015-02-15 22:34:20 -0600

I have received differing directions on how often to test my BG. I am currently taking Metformin 1000 mg twice a day. When I was first diagnosed I was told to test three times a day, but then the other doctor in my practice group told only test once a day since I am not taking insulin. Can I ease know what other people have been told on how often to test? Thank you!

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Pammysue1972 2015-02-22 17:44:47 -0600 Report

I am overweight and currently enrolled
In classes to eat me how to eat better but the issue isn't over eating, for me it is that I may only eat once a day. With only eating once a day I have no energy to do much activity. I am always sleepy no matter when I go to bed or how long I sleep for.

RosalieM 2015-02-22 14:56:29 -0600 Report

You are taking 2000 mg of Metformin a day. That is a high dose. That high dose tells you that your ingestion of carbohydrates is pretty high and if you are over weight that is a problem for your blood sugar too. The reason for testing is to learn what foods raise your blood sugar, so you can take them out of your diet. There is no point in testing otherwise. If your A1c is too high when you go in again they will just add more medication. Learning how to alter your diet is important. You do that by testing to see what foods need to be eliminated.

GeekonBoard 2015-02-22 16:55:50 -0600 Report

Ingesting too many carbs may not be the only reason she has been placed on a high dosage of metforin. Without knowing her medical details - it may be a factor, but I too, was placed on a higher dosage of metformin. However, I also have a malfunctioning pituitary gland that until brought into better functioning has knocked all my hormones & production of things that will raise & lower my bg reading. I was told by my Reproductive endocrinologist & my regular endocrinologist to continue to fill out my food journal & pay attention to such things, but it may not be the only cause. They also told me not to let people (family/friends/myself) make me feel like everything can be figured out if I just follow a map for people that have gone through the same things before. Like myself, there may be things in the mix (like my pituitary gland) that can add extra factors into the mix. Hang in there Pammysue1972 - there are so many factors & so many ways to find your path. I'm fairly new to the T2 journey, but have had problems with my pituitary gland since 2009. Everything is a — day at a time process for me. I am still being told - if I can afford to purchase drums for my flastclik & extra strips - beyond what my insurance covers then they advise testing several times a day. But, again - I'm a newbie & trying to see what all can affect what. I was told this is not something I will need to do forever, but might be helpful for me in the beginning. Good luck girl!

jayabee52 2015-02-22 16:31:09 -0600 Report

to add to Rosalie's suggestion may I suggest you try to find out how a particular food or drink affcects your own personal metabolism. You may do this by following the suggestions posted here ~

That way you may find what is raising your BG (blood glucose) and perhaps avoid or at least reduce those consumables (both foods and drinks) so you might even lower your BG levels and even perhaps back off of the meds.

God[s best to you

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-02-17 08:03:17 -0600 Report

I find it interesting that there is so much information out there for diabetics that can be so different. I think you have been given some very good advice below. I only test once per day right now. I am newly diagnosed and test once in the morning, fasting. I have been watching my BG drop and am waiting for it to stabilize. Then I will likely test more often as I try to tweek my diet.

I have trouble testing as I can't get blood to flow easily. I have to use my bicep as my fingers simply won't give blood, and I think it is silly to test there as it hurts more.

Best of luck!

Papanna 2015-02-17 02:34:36 -0600 Report

In my opinion dailytesting is not necessary for T2 persons weekly once both FBS and PPBS is sufficient if FBS is <130 and PPBS <160 Further higher readings must test daily or alternate day with regular less carb diet and watch after meals if reading is more umustthink which item is consumedandcaculate the carb at that item and next leave it that item

sweetslover 2015-02-17 10:04:13 -0600 Report

I am T2 and I test at least once a day—following my Dr's instructions. Once a week testing would not give me a good overview of what is happening with my BG. I could have a fairly good BG on one testing day and have it higher than it should be on others. If my BG is a little higher than I like for it to be in the morning, I know to cut back some on carbs that day and exercise more.

sweetslover 2015-02-16 17:55:48 -0600 Report

I am also on metformin, 500mg twice a day. My doctor told me to test once a day. That is all the script covers for my insurance. I buy additional strips and lancets on my own because I need to know what different foods do to my BG. As I learn, I test less often.

GeekonBoard 2015-02-16 12:48:37 -0600 Report

Love all the answers posted. I will add that I was told & have read in my mounting pile of diabetes books & cookbooks that my doctor's prescriptions for my strips & fastclix has allowed for me to test twice a day - fasting (morning) & 2 hours after my largest meal. I have an upcoming endocrinologist
appointment that might override those instructions (if she writes a different script). I was told that the scripts allow me to test a certain number of times a day via health insurance. But, they encouraged if I was financially able to purchase additional drums & strips - to test more - especially since I'm a newbie to T2 & am still learning what foods & activities do what to my BG readings.

Pegsy 2015-02-16 12:11:37 -0600 Report

You need to do at least what your doctor says and then test more only if you choose to. I take the same amount of Metformin as you do. I have been testing like Cherokeemaiden because I have been learning how different foods and eating schedules affect me. Now that things seem to be stabilized I will probably cut back on my testing. Although I will always test to see how a new food may impact me. I have a friend who never tests. She says it just stresses her out too much. I really think it is a matter of preference and what your goals are.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-16 08:59:17 -0600 Report

Hi Pammysue,
I think I would go with what my first dr. said and test 3 times a day. All the extra times you test is not necessary. Unless your testing like Cherokeemaiden. But if your eating low carb, high protein you shouldn't be spiking. The eating plan is a no brainier. Then you don't have to worry. Good luck and keep working on.good habits. Hugs, VL

Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-16 08:02:49 -0600 Report

I'm sure you can test as often as you feel comfortable doing. Being as that I'm doing low carb, I test anywhere from 6-8 times a day. First thing in morning, before & after meals, and before bed. I may be over doing it, but I'm trying to see what foods for me cause higher blood spikes. I'm only on 500mg ER Metformin once a day. I haven't seen anyone else on here that is taking that low of dosage. But my numbers are still not in the normal range even after doing low carb now for 5 weeks or so. I see a new doctor in about 10 days and will see what he has to say about my dosage, or possibly going on long acting insulin. I want to get my numbers down into the normal range.