Best times for meals and medications

By Vickielbg Latest Reply 2017-09-25 21:19:44 -0500
Started 2017-09-01 19:45:54 -0500

Are there any advantages to keeping on a strict schedule as to taking medicines and eating meals at the same time each day? I would love advice on how to stick to the schedule if so. Are there any problems associated with not keeping in a certain time frame? Any information or suggestions would be very helpful. Thank you.

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Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-09-25 21:19:44 -0500 Report

I believe it varies by individual. There's probably something to be said of routine, especially if you add to your scenario eating the same foods everyday. I'd imagine one could nail down meds and foods quite accurately in that way. But, for me, I couldn't handle that long-term. I'd burn out. Plus, Every day of my week is quite different from the rest, so my eating and medicating can vary each day. The most valuable tool I've found is nailing down carb counting and insulin to car ratio.

suecsdy 2017-09-06 17:10:40 -0500 Report

I think eating is a personal choice. Many days I don't eat my first real meal until afternoon, sometimes as late a 2. Dinner is usually around 6 or 7. As for meds. I divide them into morning and night. its just easier for me to remember to take them that way. Morning is thyroid meds followed by various other meds, Test BG and BP. Bedtime is Test BG and BP, Take the meds and bedtime snack. I would always forget to take them in the middle of the day.

Pegsy 2017-09-06 15:22:22 -0500 Report

I keep to a routine because it is my nature and that works for me. Some people here use fasting to help control their glucose and it works well for them so I don't think the routine of meal times is all that important unless you are on medication that is require to be taken with food. I don't fast long term as many here do but I am experimenting with short term fasts which is helping to make my body more insulin sensitive. I eat breakfast and take 500 mg Metformin with that. Some days I eat lunch and some days I don't. I eat dinner anywhere from 12 to 14 hours later, depending on what time I had breakfast and whether or not I had lunch and take I another 500 mg of Metformin with dinner. Because I have had issues with Dawn Phenomenon, I eat a small amount of crunchy peanut butter just before bed and that seems to give me lower fasting numbers in the morning. I am going to stop the bedtime peanut butter for a little while just to see if that really is what's doing it or if it's because I have lower stress now and am sleeping better.

Timing of medication is important and if yours needs to be taken with food, as mine does, you will want to time your meals to whatever works best with the medication you are on, if any.

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