By ssha49tn Latest Reply 2010-07-01 00:37:15 -0500
Started 2010-06-15 07:24:05 -0500

My dr prescribed me a new meter & strips, & it says to test 3 times a day. But, she told me that I didn't have to test that often, just randomly. So, my question is, when should I test, & how often? Most of the time, my tests are in the upper 80s, low 90s, but sometimes they go higher, & a couple of times they've been in the 70s. I am worried that I am going to have problems with my sugar later, & am wanting to take charge, & try to keep it under control.

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kdroberts 2010-06-15 09:52:25 -0500 Report

Try to test so you get useful information and alternate since you don't have many strips. One night test before you go to bed and then when you wake up. For a couple of meals test before you eat and then 1 and 2 hours after you start eating, whichever is the higher number test at that time in future but do it a few times to confirm and at each meal. The bigger rise after a meal the worse that meal is. Doing that you will have some understanding of what might be happening during the night and you will have a good idea of what different foods do to you and you will be able to make adjustments to what you eat. Also try checking before, during and immediately after exercise and another time before, immediately after and then 1 hour after. That way you can see what exercise is doing to you and if you need to make adjustments there.

Testing randomly is a waste because you really can't do much with the readings.

ssha49tn 2010-07-01 00:37:15 -0500 Report

I've finally figured out that the random tests are a waste of time. My levels in the past couple of weeks have gone from 77 all the way up to 177, & different ones in between. The clinic that I go to, is basically funded through church donations, & they don't take anyone with insurance, so sometimes the care isn't as in depth as a person might need. The lady that I see though, has a bad thyroid herself, plus she has sugar problems too. I'm trying to learn as I go with this, & that's one reason I joined this site~to find out things from others. Diabetes runs in my family, but I don't remember any of them ever testing their blood on a regular basis. Thanks for your input!

Harlen 2010-06-15 09:51:14 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I am not a Doc but it looks like you may wish to test first thing in the morning and 2 hr after meals ,after a week you will know what your blood sugers run after meals you may wish to test just befor you go to bead for the first week this will give you a good idea of when you need to test
witch will be when your running High.
I hope this helps best wishes

ssha49tn 2010-07-01 00:33:57 -0500 Report

Thanks for your input! Although diabetes runs in my family, I'm learning as I go. Unfortunately, most regular drs are so busy they don't have a lot of extra time to really explain things in depth. And without insurance, I have to try to find alternate helps for things. That's why I joined this site, to try to pick other people's brains & find out things for myself.

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