Trouble with Timing of testings

By WanderingCuppa Latest Reply 2018-03-05 14:56:20 -0600
Started 2018-03-04 13:39:37 -0600

Hello there, I was diagnosed in August and for the first 3 months or so I was SO gung ho on getting a handle on this thing called diabetes t-2…then…it all fell apart and I went into self-pity mode and was not testing, nor taking my 10 units of insulin each night…

Now I am trying to get my act together again, and here finally is my question: so I test in morning when I first get up (5:50 am), GOT IT. But here's where I fall apart: shortly after getting up I make a coffee with half & half (no sugar) to drink on my commute to work (6:30 am); at work I have another coffee at 7:30 am (so x2 16 ozs mugs with total of 4 fl ozs of half & half). THEN: I don't actually eat anything till I start to feel hungry, usually around noon, sometimes later.

If I call my coffee breakfast, it seems silly to test at 5:45 am when I wake, and again at 6:30 "before breakfast"…and what about that second cup once I get to work?

Sorry for being so long on the post, but I just am not sure how to time my testings. My choices on my meter when I test are: no meal, before breakfast, after breakfast, before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner. If that helps any.



1 reply

Type1Lou 2018-03-05 13:56:20 -0700 Report

It sounds like you might only be taking one shot of long-acting insulin to supplement your body's "basal" insulin needs and no short-acting meal-time or "bolus" insulin? Because you don't appear to have a very set meal schedule, it might be enlightening to see what your BG's are 2 hours after you do eat. Some people report that coffee appears to cause their BG's to rise so it might also be informative to find out what your BG might be around the time of your 2nd coffee in the morning. Diabetes is a very individual disease. The more information you can provide, the more data you and your doctor will have about what is actually affecting your blood sugars. Even better the data would include a food log with the carbohydrate gram totals of the food you've eaten along with the BG's.

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