When to take your BS

christine s
By christine s Latest Reply 2009-07-11 19:54:26 -0500
Started 2009-06-30 18:16:21 -0500

Hi all
I am so confused I have been taking my BS the last 24 hrs and here are my numbers
4-29 breakfast 166
lunch before 183 and after 208
dinner before 113
and after 157

and 2 hrs before bed was 200

before breakfast was 118 after 158
lunch before 162 and after was 186
I do not have dinners just yet but can anyone tell me if these numbers are good. And tell me if I am testing the right times
thank you in advance

26 replies

bru17 2009-07-11 16:55:51 -0500 Report

Christine…always take your blood readings upon arising…always wait 2 hours to take them after a meal…than let ne know…bru

bru17 2009-07-11 17:07:46 -0500 Report

Christine…are you watching your diet?

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 19:53:33 -0500 Report

Beat of Luck!! Everyone is so different and responds to different approaches. I think all medical practitioners can do is to suggest vague outlines, then if the numbers escalate, or you develop symptoms, go further, to a specialist.

I would like to warn that I was borderline for over 50 years, told to watch the seets, although I really wasn't a TRUE Diabetic at that time, well, I am now, 3 years has proven. But still I do not think that means that I will be on Metformin forever, but, frankly, I have learned to make time for the bothersome sticks, a habit now—and think little about it. So watch it, sweets and all! This is a warning that your body is getting tired of trying to keep the balance of over eating sweets/carbs. Might as well start watching NOW, as it seems to get worse if not acknowledged! your friend, Pat roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-05 19:24:44 -0500 Report

The way I understand it is the A1C is the average of 3 months, so that seems to give room for a lot of ups and downs—in between if the AVERAGE comes up within limts. BUT I have also read that even a few hours of it being over 150 the extra sugar can damage the nerves, blood vessels, kidneys etc. so BE SURE of your DIAGNOSIS> I was borderline for over 50 years, and I DID NOT take it seriously, even when it was 170 after coming out from the anesthetic of a knee replacement—thought it was caused by stress and I would come out of it anytime, with rest! NOT! It has been 3 years so decided maybe I had better take it more seriously and put forth more effort by the diet and exercise that i used to hear THAT OTHERS HAD TO FOLLOW! Well, color me a diabetic now— PR (sorry, short of a laugh at the moment!)

ali eletre
ali eletre 2009-07-05 16:08:24 -0500 Report

Its not only a matter of food.. May be you eat some thing else like little sweet or bakery.. & also nerve could effect your numbers.. Try not too get so interested about the different numbers it could be many thing you don’t know.. welcome to diabetes world

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-05 19:18:59 -0500 Report

Haha—YOU BET, Kiddo! I assume that you are under 77 years old? ha

At any rate, as I read I see that there is so much uncertainty in this disease, no one can be too sure of anything, but time will tell, and get a DR that you are comfortable with, and you can ask questions without being "put down" or called a worry wart!! To ME those are fighting words! But I still try to laugh!keep them all guessing! ha—PR

christine s
christine s 2009-07-01 21:45:54 -0500 Report

thanks everybody for your comments and help I went to my dr's office today for my massage and the nurse checked my chart and said your A1C test came back as 5.5 so no you do not have diabetes but you still need to track. I have been reading up on A1C tests and when to do them I last had the test done back in april so it is time for them to do the test over and with my numbers being the way they are there will be not reason for them to say you are not diabetic. Not like I want diabetes but I like answers to why I am feeling this way. I will keep you posted. As of my call into the office earlier tonight I aske the receptionist to have the dr write up a lab for that test so we will see if she does I will continue to be an advocate this time to why I am so sick

kdroberts 2009-07-02 07:16:07 -0500 Report

"went to my dr's office today for my massage and the nurse checked my chart and said your A1C test came back as 5.5 so no you do not have diabetes"

Go to another doctor or make sure they give you an oral glucose tolerance test.. You cannot rule out diabetes based on an A1c, especially if you are testing your blood sugar and are seeing readings in the 180's and 200's.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-07-01 10:06:16 -0500 Report

As kdroberts indicated, a lot of the answer to your question depends on what you're trying to learn. And part of the equation is also what medications or methods are you using to control your blood sugars?

Are you using insulin? Are you on oral meds? Are you only using diet and exercise?

Just for reference, here are the official ranges given by the ADA. http://www.diabetes.org/type-1-diabetes/blood-glucose-checks.jsp

Before meals: 70 – 130
After meals: Less than 180

Our endo recommends less than 160 2-hours after meals.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-01 15:15:49 -0500 Report

Oh, tahnk you! I had wondered what was NORMAL—It so helps to have real numbers to compare to—to help guide us through this new terrain! I believe it is a better solution that sticking one's head in the sand like an ostrich! My anaylsis of that scenerio, is it provides too good a position for others to pull your tail feathers out, and you never know who or what, hits you. Best to KNOW! Thanks, Pat Roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 15:28:34 -0500 Report

I wrote these figures down this time, as I had already forgotten them! Cheezzz—And then I TRUST my memory as to WHAT I EAT? I now see the wisdom of writing things down, bad as I hate to, but this too is becoming a GOOD HABIT!! Thanks again. Pat Roth

kdroberts 2009-07-01 07:35:11 -0500 Report

It depends on what you want to know. If you want to know what your blood sugar is before and 2 hours after eating and 2 hours before bed then those times are fine, if you want to find out how different foods work for you then you may not be testing at the right times. Forget the flat "test 2 hours after eating" line, if everyone were exactly the same then it might be OK but we're not so you have to figure out your own schedule. If you can, test 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after eating for a specific meal like lunch for 3 or 4 days and keep a note of what you get. Look for the highest number each day and then compare days to see if that high number is happening at the same time, like at 90 minutes. If it is then you found when you need to test after lunch. If not, see if there is a pattern, like 3 out of the 4 days are the same, and go from there. The goal is to find when your blood sugar hits it's highest point after eating. Once you have that, do the same thing for the other meals. You may get the same timings, you may not. I would periodically do the same thing to make sure nothing has changed, maybe every 4-6 months or so. When you have all your timings you should test before and at the peak time for the meal. That way you can see what different foods do to you and make adjustments to what you're eating in order to lower the peak if it is too high.

Personally I would drop the 2 hours before bed and test as you are going to bed if you want to do a night one. If you test when you wake up before you eat breakfast you can see what happens to your blood sugar over night.

Your numbers are not the best but they are not the worst either. The 162 to 186 lunch might actually be a good result even though the numbers are both high. What you ate didn't seem to raise your blood sugar a huge amount so if you started off lower you could predict that the meal would be a good one. 80 to 104 would be a great result for instance. Of course, that relies on that 186 being the peak which it might not be.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-01 08:38:07 -0500 Report

Wow, sounds good to me, "new" at this myself! Pat Roth

muffin2466 2009-07-01 10:10:04 -0500 Report

Good info. I have been told to check my bs several times a day but never knew what to do with it exactly. I don't eat as much as I should, so I never knew when to check it.

christine s
christine s 2009-07-01 12:10:58 -0500 Report

I am tracking my numbers because that is what my dr wants me to do. I am also wondering how my numbers faired out compared to others. When my numbers get close to 200 I want to sleep and when they are in the 127 I kind of fell ok as long as I drink orange juice. No I am not taking insulin I can not excersise as much as I would love to but my fibromyalgia has me runned down and so sore and not to mention I am swollen all over. I awoke this morning to my right hand so swollen I could not close it to make a fist and still can not make a fist. Thanks for all of your help. I really appreciate it.

kdroberts 2009-07-01 12:47:46 -0500 Report

Don't test because your doctor tells you to, test for yourself so you can manage your diabetes. If a test doesn't provide some useful information then it's not really worth doing.

dottiest 2009-07-11 13:58:40 -0500 Report

You mentioned that your fibromyalgia had you run down and too sore to exercise, try exercising in warm water. Specifically find a heated pool that teaches arthritis water exercises. These exercises are specifically designed for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia,and other pain problems.
Try the arthritis website for your nearest arthritis chapter, and then you can ask them where there is a nearby class. Their website is arthritis.org. Also be sure to check your blood sugar before and after exercising. Take a snack to class with you and inform your instructor that you have diabetes. That way she can watch you for symptoms of low BS.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 15:24:34 -0500 Report

Hey, Christine, WARM water for exercising—for fibromyalgia, etc. sounds fantastic and worth bringing up in rebuilding our own center, from its ashes! I will throw this into the mix of town counseling that has now gathered up 150 signatures of those in wanting to help rebuild our main street!! Yea, see, the future can be positive, once you get over the initial snit! hugs, PR

cyncyn 2009-07-11 16:35:05 -0500 Report

The warm pool thereapy is absolutely the best. I have been doing this since, ater my injury to my back. I truely believe it helps anyone with arthritis,fibromyalgia, etc. In water, you are pretty much weightless, no impact on the body, during exercise, and the water is just heavenly. I truely believe, I would not be able to walk, if not for this kind of therapy!!! It's worth checking into.Good luc

2009-06-30 18:19:58 -0500 Report

After you eat you are supposed to wait at least two hours before testing. I don't know if you are waiting this amount of time or not.

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