after meal testing

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-03-30 18:47:59 -0500
Started 2010-03-23 22:27:00 -0500

my question is - how long after meals should testing be done on home meter? And what is a good range?

17 replies

azrollin 2010-04-11 01:24:55 -0500 Report

I take mine 2 to 3 hours after dinner…around 11:00 PM. I make sure BG is 110-120 before going to bed. If it goes lower, I take a light snack. I have some really bad experience of hypoglemia attack in the middle of the night.

Kirla 2010-03-26 21:50:33 -0500 Report

About 1 hour after eating for most people. As low as you can get it. I try and keep mine below 110.

I wrote how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.

My blood sugar went from the 300+ to almost normal range in about 4 months. I did it and believe most people can too.

Good luck
Kevin 2010-03-26 20:34:43 -0500 Report

Personally i have been told by doctors to test first thing when you wake up and then 1 1/2 to 2 hours after each meal..also test before each meal to see how your meals are affecting you what you eat..

kdroberts 2010-03-24 09:34:02 -0500 Report

It really depends on the person I think. Personally I like to test at the peak so I know how high I'm going. For me that happens to be around 2 hours but for you it could be anytime. Test every half hour after a few meals to figure out when you are peaking and the general curve of your blood sugar, then test at that time. The goal is also personal, the pros disagree, some say under 140, some say under 180. I personally think lower is better as long as you are not going low.

boston T
boston T 2010-03-24 09:47:45 -0500 Report

I'm amazed at how hard it seems to be to get an answer on this topic. But I think kdroberts is right on. Lower numbers are better unless you are dropping too low all the time to get those lower numbers. It's all about the balance.

kdroberts 2010-03-24 10:17:54 -0500 Report

When you think about it, it's a very hard thing to figure out, impossible really. You can take some historical data, look at peoples post meal numbers and compare them to any complications they have but in reality there are so many more factors involved and all you are really doing is proving a correlation rather than a cause. Until we can monitor glucose accurately in real time AND every other system in the body for damage it's impossible to accurately say what numbers are good for an individual. However, if non-diabetics don't have the same complications diabetics can have, start with their glucose levels!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-03-24 10:39:29 -0500 Report

I agree, the human factor is impossible to chart—-one reason to relax and go with the flow, as long as it isn't too hi, my own "mark" is about 160, 2 hours after I eat—-then and only then, I take 1/4 of my Glipizide. It took me 2 months to figure out that the med really can dump me in 40 min—-from over 200 down to 40, then my body gradually changed AGAIN, and have found that 1/4 of that pill is all I need to keep me fairly consistent—usually in the evenings as I like to snack, even sensibly, that can still raise the BS,now I am ready for it—test to see, then go accordingly. Best of Luck as you too search out your own ZONE! Pat R

GabbyPA 2010-03-24 09:31:00 -0500 Report

If you are new to this idea, I was taught to test every 30 minutes for two hours to see when you peak. Some people peak earlier than others and sometimes the food you eat will cause a peak to come early. Once you learn when you generally peak, then use that as a guide for your testing. Then if you are introducing a new food that you think might cause issues, do the 30 minute testing again to see how it affects you. It is an ongoing experiment.

GabbyPA 2010-03-24 09:33:08 -0500 Report

Oh, and Alan is right. Anything below 140 is great. Don't freak out if it is higher(unless it is really high!), but that is your goal.

alanbossman 2010-03-24 09:09:13 -0500 Report

1 to 2 hours after meals anything below 140

andy5150 2010-03-28 21:59:53 -0500 Report

I cant seem to get under 155 2 hours after meals any suggestions

Kirla 2010-03-29 04:59:24 -0500 Report

I found that drinking 8+ glasses of water per day and eating a salad with red wine vinegar & olive oil, and eating a serving or 2 of low carb vegetables have helped me a lot. I also snacked on pickles for a while. Broccoli is supposed to be one of the super foods. I try and eat a cup a day. I ate lots of homemade coleslaw sweetened with splenda also.

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