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How quickly does blood sugar change?

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I just tested myself today: 145. Two minutes later: 170. Twenty minutes later: 160.

 

Has anyone tested themselves every few minutes to see what happens? I don't want to be the guinea pig!

 

Does anyone know how quickly glucose levels rise and fall?

 

Thanks all!

 

-Bryan

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One of the problems with testing quickly is the accuracy of the meter. Your bgs might be changing but typically you're not going to get out of the error window of your meter. Those could all actually be the same number.

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If memory serves me right, Jenny Ruhl's blood sugar 101 website or book may have answers to your questions so you don't have to be your own guinea pig.

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Hello Bad, I do not have your answer. However, I agree with Rekarb, your 3 number are essentially the same as meter can vary up to 20% and is still within tolerance. Example, your real # is 160. Your 145 is only about 10% low while your 170 is only 6% high. :)

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...and as I understand, the strips can give you a variation of plus or minus 10 as well. Anyway, add 'em all up and come up with an average.

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Don't forget to wash your hands well, too. Something on your hands can really screw around with your readings.

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Hey BAD!

 

I would guess that your meter is giving you some error. However, my BG can change within minutes.

 

When I wake-up, I immediately take my wake-up BG reading. I then shower and dress. Afterwards, I take another BG reading (this is about 20-25 minutes after my wake-up reading). This reading is usually 10-20 points higher from my DP.

 

I also see will sometimes see a big change after work-outs.

 

Your BG can change rather quickly, especially when you get a dump from your liver.

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...and as I understand, the strips can give you a variation of plus or minus 10 as well. Anyway, add 'em all up and come up with an average.

 

I agree. I've sometimes tested different fingers, different hands etc. and come with fluctuations. But in the long run, it's the averages that matter

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because of the tolerance on the meters, they are really just a guide, if you are looking for a trend on a result (is it on it's way up, or on it's way down) then your best bet is to test once.... then again 15-30 minutes later. Unless your level is running flat at that time, this will give you a better idea, otherwise you're still in that window of tolerance.

 

The best meter for accuracy, in my opinion, are the OneTouch meters because they have built in technology that tests the sample twice and takes an average of the two, it's called SureTest I believe, it's always been there but only recently marketed by LifeScan.

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I can go from mid to low 80's pre meal, 1 hr PP be in the 140's and back to mid to low 90's post 2 Hr PP, so there is a lot of changes going on in those two hours. I have tested every 15 minutes before and have seen 10-30 pt rise and fall in that time. Your BG levels are constantly changing.

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I asked my doctor this once and he told me it can change as quickly as your blood pressure. In other words, every few minutes.

 

However, like others have said, meters have a margin of error so you have to take that into account if you are testing every few minutes.

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I got my first double digit reading upon waking this morning. Usually I am high in the mornings, and go down as the day progresses...

 

Strips should cost about 5 cents a piece. Okay, you want a better profit margin? Make it 10 cents. The cost of those things is ridiculous. However, testing is the only way to find out what works for you, and what doesn't.

 

Thanks all!

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On the cost of test strips consider there are about 24million diabetics that test before and after each meal = at least 6times that =

144,000,000 strips at least per day at 1.00 each paid by insurance or personaly,unless my math is wrong this is alot of money and

then carry it out to 365 days mind boggling my pc probaly can not count that high. alright just had to do it about 52billion dollars.

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On the cost of test strips consider there are about 24million diabetics that test before and after each meal = at least 6times that =

144,000,000 strips at least per day at 1.00 each paid by insurance or personaly,unless my math is wrong this is alot of money and

then carry it out to 365 days mind boggling my pc probaly can not count that high. alright just had to do it about 52billion dollars.

 

This seems a trifle pricey for little ol' test strips - just checked the cost on mine and it works out to $1.33 per strip....is there a less expensive way (or place, either online or locally) to buy these strips? Thanks everyone for your assistance!

 

Brandy0126

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This seems a trifle pricey for little ol' test strips - just checked the cost on mine and it works out to $1.33 per strip....is there a less expensive way (or place, either online or locally) to buy these strips? Thanks everyone for your assistance!

 

Brandy0126

Walmart ReliOn Prime meter about $17.00. Strips for the meter are $9.00 for 50. Thats 18 cents each.

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