Best time to check blood sugar levels

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-06-28 19:39:23 -0500
Started 2010-06-07 08:06:19 -0500

I exercise in the morning before eating what is the best time to check my blood sugar before or after exercise or after exercise.?

What is the best time to take your insulin?

4 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-07 15:20:25 -0500 Report

Exercise before eating can be troublesome. You should test before and 30 minutes after exercise. The problem is that if you are low to start with in the morning, exercising could drop you lower and that could be dangerous. Or your body could over react to your exercise and load you up with glycogen and give you a high reading, it depends on the kind of exercise you do and how severe your insulin resistance is.

As for insulin, that is for you and your doctor to work out. He prescribed what he did for you for reasons. You need to understand his goals and make sure that the both of you are on the same page with that.

kdroberts 2010-06-07 10:44:37 -0500 Report

If you are not eating, before, during, immediately after and about an hour after. Not eating in the am and working out is generally bad news and can cause very high blood sugar.

Emma2412 2010-06-07 10:11:09 -0500 Report

Hi, Anonymous
I would say that, without question, you should take a reading before you exercise. We're all different (I have something called "dawn phenomenon" so I'm always a little higher in the morning than I was the night before, but I would think that you would want to know before you go out to exercise that your body is prepared to accept the exercise without pushing you into a low. (I assume you take glucose tabs or something just in case you do have a low.)
As far as when is the best time to take your insulin, those are the kinds of questions you should be asking your primary doctor, or at least asking your diabetes education, if you have one. You need some information.