my blood sugar reading are all over the place.

By Brenda_B Latest Reply 2010-10-15 01:11:47 -0500
Started 2010-10-04 22:04:50 -0500

I have a big family history of diabetes. I cared for my mother and though I understood it. But I'm not find my blood sugar reading are way different from day to day.
I type II on Metformin… doing.. ok. I finally realized I'm just guessing. I'm supposed to test just twice a day. Morning and before lunch. But I have had some very different reading before lunch. I have been really careful to do the same activity (walking same distance for same time) eating exactly the same thing and had totally different reading. Some days I have had reading before lunch of 180 one day and 120 another. I have had some lows where I feel terrible… below 70 sick and sweaty. I have days I though I was doing great to find late evening my reading were nearly 300. I started testing more often (my insurance will not supply me with more test trips). I have learned a lot since i started test 6 times a day. I've learned when to eat some carbs and when I should just have lower carb meal or snack. Is everybody this way. How do you deal figure out what should be doing if you only guess what you reading are.

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-10-09 08:40:00 -0500 Report

I don't remember where I read it, but it explained you could test 2x a day on a rotating schedule through the week to get an idea of your levels throughout the day. For example maybe Day 1 check when you get up and after breakfast. Day 2 check when you get up and 2 hours after breakfast. Day 3 check when you get up and before lunch. Day 4 check when you get up and 2 hours after lunch. Day 5 check when you get up and before supper. Day 6 when you get up and 2 hours after supper. Day 7 when you get up and before you go to bed.

Brenda_B 2010-10-15 01:11:47 -0500 Report

This is a great idea!… if I can only get "cheap" test stips (with my insurance) for twice a day. This would be a great way to figure things out. For a while I'm going to drop my cable TV (really… LOL but keeping the computer) and buy more test strips. Testing before every meal works for me.

GabbyPA 2010-10-09 10:29:01 -0500 Report

My diabetes educator had mentioned that as well, specially if you are tight on a budget with strips. I still would do it at least 3 times a day, as getting your fasting number is important. Then alternate your pre and post meal numbers.

SkipT 2010-10-05 20:43:54 -0500 Report

I test a minimum of 4 times a day. I follow a strict low carb regimen and my BG never varies over more than 25 points. No lows and no highs. Diet is the biggest element in controlling our BG levels.

Brenda_B 2010-10-15 01:07:52 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for your help. I have been really watching and testing A LOT.
Eating low carb my reading have reallly leveled out. The morning levels have come down too, but oddly the morning fasting still higher than most of the day time reading. I'm find it much easier to "diet" when I can see the dirrect results (BG reading that are way too high) when I eat something I shouldn't. I'm pretty much on meat and salad, a piece of high fiber bread or a few crackers only at a meal. I still don't get why my doctor thinks testing twice a day is ok. Oh well… I'm going to look into the other meters that people have recommended with cheaper test trips.

GabbyPA 2010-10-05 08:03:09 -0500 Report

The magic of testing is to find those patterns and then to find ways to mellow out the highs and lows. One thing you can do is ask your doctor to write a prescription for more strips. Usually the insurance company will cover it that way. He just has to justify it to them and you need to make it clear to your doctor that you NEED to test to learn how to manage better.

Most of us can be all over and this also shows you just how much outside things affect your levels. It could be as simple as the weather or a little extra stress on the day. Even if we did the exact same thing every single day, our bodies would still need to make adjustments for silly things like weight fluctuation or maybe you are having some issues with allergies or a cold. All of those things make a difference. These are the things that make me realize just how incredible a healthy body is when it works to deal with all those things we don't "see".

HisTxLady 2010-10-04 23:47:03 -0500 Report

Howdy from Texas Brenda!!! I have been having the same problem and I test when I get up ( fasting BS my doctor says that is the important one ) and I also test before I eat OR after I eat but I don't do both unless I feel bad to save strips. And yes my BS is everywhere…but I keep good track of what I eat and what my sugars are. I have found sometimes it is food educed. I will eat something that most people can eat that has Diabetes and it won't raise or lower there BS but it will shoot mine threw the roof or drop me threw the floor. For example if I eat a teaspoon of corn or peas my BS goes off the charts. Also don't forget that stress is a big factor in BS levels. And that is any kind of stress, like getting really over excited or really mad or just thinking about how your BS levels and how they are misbehaving and not liking it or worrying about bills or anything like that. Also 1 of the first things I check when my BS go crazy is my temp, being ill or carrying an infection will cause it to go haywire also.

I have found a site that I use to keep up with my food intake and BS levels and exercise. It is a great site and it is private no one else can see your levels or numbers but you. It has thousands of foods listed from homemade to restaurants to a recipe of your own you add to the data bank. It will tell you all kinds of information on anything they have listed or if they don't have it you can find the site and add it yourself. I think it makes it so easy and neat. They have name brands and generic or store brand if you rather. I shop a lot at Wal-mart and they have the Great Value brands and that is Wal-marts brand. The site is and use the MyPlate D . It helps me to compare times my level is up or down. And they have an export feature that you can use to print your information to share with your doctor.

I hope this helps some and anytime I can help just yell at me and I will do my best. Also if you wish you may add me as a friend.

Good luck,
God Bless

Brenda_B 2010-10-05 02:26:13 -0500 Report

Thanks, Brenda, for writing. I just wondered if everyone's BS jumped around. So I guess this is not normal… We are just special… I think I need to test more than just twice a day. Not sure why my doctor thinks just 2 test are ok. I have lost a few pounds since I started checking more often. I can see if I'm high and should just have a salad and chicken for dinner. And I can see if my number are dropping and I should eat something before I get shaky and sick and need a quick candy fix.

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