Monitoring BG after meals, with snacks and nightime

By CateyeMarble Latest Reply 2008-08-15 00:53:25 -0500
Started 2008-08-12 22:08:00 -0500

I'm afraid this is a three-part question:
1. They say to check BG 2 hours after meal — I'm confused is that the start of the meal or at the end. Example: Friendly Lunch starts 11:30 and finishes at 12:55. Do I check at 1:15 or 2:55??

2. Also, a planned snack at 3PM will cause higher BG before dinner unless I take Humalog to cover it.

3. I am taking Lantus at night, but I seem to get hungry about 4 hours after and if I don't eat I usually have a low in the night. What gives?

8 replies

GabbyPA 2008-08-13 14:45:45 -0500 Report

I have just started testing after meals to see how much I rise. I test before my meal, then two hours after I started to eat. I suppose it really lies in the consistancy of when you test. Find what works and keep it consistant for best results.

Melissa Dawn
Melissa Dawn 2008-08-13 03:34:54 -0500 Report

I go with two hours after I took my insulin — of course, I have a pump and it reminds me of it when I tell it to, so that helps. As to the afternoon snack, if you aren't going low then and don't feel hungry for it, I'd talk to your doctor about dropping it. I know when I was getting started they had me eating so many snacks that I put on weight. My mom finally spoke up about it and told the doctors that if she ate as much as they made me eat, she'd be huge. So they let me drop some snacks.

As to the Lantus and going low at night, there are a lot of different options for keeping that from happening. I've heard about people using "Extend" bars that don't really raise your blood sugars but keep you from going low. Others have talked about eating a piece of bread with peanut butter (protein lasts longer) on it before going to bed. Find something that works for you.

Good luck!

morris.js 2008-08-12 22:51:45 -0500 Report

The timing is not so important as the consistency of the time. If you use the start of the meal time, then continue to use that time for all your future tests. You are trying to track what foods have what impact on your BG levels, and make adjustments to your menus as needed.
Personaly, I eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, and this keeps my levels more consistant without the big swings up and down. My last "meal" as it is, I always have before bedtime, to prevent lows during the night. It also helps lower my morning levels as my body does not go into the "starvation" mode and therefore does not release stored glucose.
I hope I did not confuse you more…LOL

seawolf1944 2008-08-13 02:25:24 -0500 Report

I always note the stat time of my meal. I wait two hours after the start time. As for in between meals,I eat apples,Walnuts,Salads,Fruits or unsalted SunFlower seeds. You can also snack on Whole Wheat crackers. John

CateyeMarble 2008-08-13 17:23:20 -0500 Report

Thanks for the comments. Could you please post a sample daily meal plan of the 5 mini-meals. Aren't you in the kitchen alot?

morris.js 2008-08-13 22:42:59 -0500 Report

No, Actualy I'm not in the kitchen much except on the weekends. That is when I will cook most of my meals for the week and put them in small sized containers to freeze for my meals during the week. Some examples of what I make are veggie stews, breakfast burritos, turkey breast (that I slice for either sandwiches or salads), pot roasts, and various soups. About 3 to 4 of my meals are always raw veggie salads prepared in different ways to not get too boring.
Sometimes during the week, I will cook a meal for our "dinner", and my last "meal" before bed.

I hope this helps. John

DonnaAnn 2008-08-12 22:22:48 -0500 Report

I had asked my diabetic nurse this question, and she had said that I could check it either way. At the start of the meal or after, what ever made me comfortable. Would love to know what everyone else does.

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