Morning Testing

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2010-04-22 08:36:28 -0500
Started 2010-04-13 11:28:19 -0500

I am blessed with two wonderful dogs. They get me up at 5:00 every morning for breakfast. As they own me, I am dutiful and get up to feed them. I also mess around in the kitchen and put away any stray dishes and set up a pot of coffee for the first one up. Usually about 15-20 minutes. I do this and go back to bed for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
My questions is, should I test when I get up to feed the dogs or should I wait and test when I get up for myself?

7 replies

GabbyPA 2010-04-18 10:20:28 -0500 Report

I have been testing both times for several days now and it seems I average a 20-30 point increase in that hour and a half of extra sleep. Now I need to start experimenting on what I need to do to help it stop. I go to bed usually 30-50 points lower than my 5:00 test so it adds up a LOT. Like last night I went to bed with a 135 and today woke up with a 185, then it jumped to a 206 by 8:00 am. No food in there. My body is so messed up!....sigh.

kdroberts 2010-04-14 08:37:50 -0500 Report

There are two readings you have the choice of doing and you have to figure out which one is most important, or if they both are. Your fasting should be done right when you wake up for the first time. If you want to do a pre-breakfast reading then that should be done before you eat breakfast. The fasting is a good test to do but the pre-breakfast would be most helpful in conjunction with either the fasting or post breakfast, the best would be both. That way you get to see what happens in the couple of hours after your fasting test and help figure out dawn phenomenon if it's happening and the pre and post breakfast readings will tell you how good your breakfast was.

GabbyPA 2010-04-14 12:07:33 -0500 Report

Thanks KD,
My morning numbers are always higher than the rest of my day...well, if I have a good day they are. I thought about testing when I feed the dogs, I think I will try that for a few weeks and see how it pans out. Then I'll just test before breakfast instead of when I get up after the dog alarms.

alanbossman 2010-04-14 08:05:08 -0500 Report

I would wait and do it before breakfast

imsuzie2 2010-04-15 04:43:52 -0500 Report

I wait til I eat as well. Ask your doctor what he/she wants for you. In my diabetes class it was suggested that we be our own doctors…pick a time frame and test before and after that meal, or in the morning ad at bed. I ave been doing dinneer thes lat 3 days, aand Iamm finding I ppear to do my meals in pretty good control. Muust be he grazing! My 4/1 AA1c was 6.0, so I seem to be doin apretty god job. That is 2 in a row.

I takee two 500mg cinnamon caps before bed and it apppears to help wth my mmorning #.

Good luck. S2

GabbyPA 2010-04-15 10:50:03 -0500 Report

I will have to try that with the cinnamon. I tested both times today and there was a 39 point increase from my 5:00 test to my before breakfast test. I was thinking of taking my metformin at night to help with that as well, but it doesn't last all night and I think that is the trouble.
If it was up to my doctor I would only test before bed and when i get up. He is very conservative and because my numbers have improved, he doesn't think I need to test as often. But I almost always go to bed lower than I wake up. So I like seeing what is going on during the day. I know if I have a lower number in the morning, I will have a better day.

GabbyPA 2010-04-22 08:36:28 -0500 Report

I did take 2000 mg of cinnamon before bed last night and I woke lower than I went to bed, so I took another 2000 at 5:00 when I did my first test and my next number was lower! I am excited about this. I will keep doing it for a week or so and see if it continues to work this way. Thank you so much for the tip!! I love natural remedies so much better.

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