BS Testing

By Joycie1946 Latest Reply 2010-03-27 11:26:24 -0500
Started 2010-03-25 05:33:41 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Sept 2009. At first I was a fanatic about my diet and twice a day testing. I lost 20 pounds. Since then I have begun to question the effectiveness of my twice a day testing since I tend to test before and after my lowest carb meal. Wouldn't it be more accurate to test before and after each meal?

10 replies

Kirla 2010-03-27 11:26:24 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed last year with an A1C of 14.1 and four months later it was 5.9. My last 3 tests have all been in the normal range.

I decided to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. I found that foods high in carbs spiked my blood sugar. So I decided to stop eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points two hours after testing. I now test 1 hour after eating and stopped eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points.

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Harlen 2010-03-25 18:52:02 -0500 Report

I test befor and after each meel as well as when I get up and go to bead
and it works My BS is great
Best wishes

spiritwalker 2010-03-25 15:58:17 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed 25 years ago. I was told you test when you get up,
than before and two hours after each meal and snack and before bed.
Now insurance and medicare won't pay for that many strips per month.
However I think I had my best control at that time. They now tell you
the number of strips per month.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-03-25 16:46:58 -0500 Report

That is what I ran into, too. But got enough testing done to get a fairly good idea of what to expect at certain times, but if things change, I will probably be the last to know!! ARRRGGG—as someone once said! haha-PR

Hinboyz3 2010-03-25 13:46:13 -0500 Report

I too found out in Oct 2009, I test before I have anything to eat in the mornings, and I test at bedtime too. It seems to work for me.

Roy531 2010-03-25 14:06:58 -0500 Report

I have one question. When you eat how do you know if your blood sugars spike or not if you don't test after eating?

mtngal 2010-03-25 12:45:35 -0500 Report

I agree with Roy531…When I was first diagnosed I also tested first thing in the morning and before & after each meal. I keep a log of the foods that I eat to keep track of how it affects my BS. I don't have to test as much now because I am learning which foods are best for me. Right now I usually test 3-4 times a day.

kdroberts 2010-03-25 08:51:49 -0500 Report

Yes it would but it depends on what you want to find out. If you only do one meal I would do the highest carb meal.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-03-25 16:48:28 -0500 Report

That is what I resorted to—found my evenings were the highest as that is when I ate the most—DUH, —-hahaha PR

Roy531 2010-03-25 07:22:21 -0500 Report

To know what you eat is doing to your BS you need to test 2 hours after eating that way you know if certain foods cause your BS to go up too high. This way you know what to cut down on or stop eating. Some doctors will tell you don't need to test that often but I feel to know what is going on with my BS I should test often. After I was diagnosed I tested before each meal and 2 hours after each meal then at bedtime, tested 7 times a day, after I got my numbers down doctor told me to test once a week but I don't agree cause wouldn't know if BS is high or low if not testing.