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brendak1254

?? for those who test 5x qd or more....

How often do you test your BG daily?  

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  1. 1. How often do you test your BG daily?

    • 0-2x per day
      9
    • 3-5x per day
      39
    • 6-9x per day
      36
    • More than 10x per day
      14


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brendak1254

Some of you say you test 10-12x a day or more. Please help me understand how to understand the numbers if it is not an hour or two after meals.

 

Do you test right after a snack? Right after exercise? If so, how soon? I thought it takes a while to get an accurate reading. I may not be asking this in the right way.....still so new at this.

 

Thanks,

 

Brenda

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Granny Shanny

I'm just beginning to get the hang of it too, Brenda . . . learning which foods spike and which ones I'm okay with.

 

I test first thing after I wake up for the FBG, and then at the 1 & 2 hour intervals after eating. Then I test again just before I go to bed. Since I'm not on insulin, I don't have a great risk of nighttime lows, but I like knowing where I was at the end of the day. I don't normally get up during the night, but on the rare occasions that I do, I usually test then also.

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jenb

I'm a T1, so I don't know if this will be helpful. I test:

* At 6:15 a.m. (a little dawn phenomenon kicks in then so I try to nip it in the bud with a small bolus)

* Before each meal to calculate bolus (I don't usually snack)

* At one and/or two hours post meal

* Usually before bed

* May do additional testing during the day if I feel low or high

* If I've had a high fat or protein dinner, or had wine with dinner I try to test around 2:00 a.m. because I've found that my BG rises then.

 

Lucky thing I have serious "gardner" hands from years of yard work sans gloves! I don't even notice the finger sticks :D.

 

Jen

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sable_032592

sometimes i test more than 6 - 9x, if i went low or high, or i'm feeling sick that day, but on average, i test 8x/day... thankfully i don't have to pay for my strips...

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Granny Shanny
Lucky thing I have serious "gardner" hands from years of yard work sans gloves! I don't even notice the finger sticks :D.

 

Jen

Since I don't have gardener hands, I must have "cook's" hands, because I don't notice the finger sticks either. Have trouble remembering where I poked the previous time & I prob'ly overwork my left thumb, because it's just the handiest one to jab. :D :D :D

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Jae

I test alot

 

fasting first thing in the morning so I know where I am starting out at

 

then you have a hour after meals and then 2 hours after meals

 

I try to keep the 2 hour testing or spike under 140

 

Testing before a meal gives you a heads up on what to have for that meal. I mean if you test before lunch and your at 100 or 110 you really are limited in what you can have to stay "legal" where if you test and your 80 then pretty much you can have a totally different menu.

 

If you just eat and not test then how do you really know how much the lunch spiked you? And how do you tell what food did it? Testing before gives you a base to start from.

 

I only test after snacks if it is something new. That is to show me if that snack is good for me or not. But really if you test fasting then 3 times for each meal then at bedtime that is 11 times a day.

 

I have over time learned more about foods and no longer have to test that often. My fingers thank me.

 

I do not test after exercise only before eating. But exercise plays a large roll in the numbers there. Exercise spikes my b/g then drops it and that takes some time. And I think we are all different in this area. Don't know if there is a sit time to test after exercise? But I do watch about a hour and a half after walking if I have not snacked.

I hope some of this helped you?

Jae

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brendak1254
I test alot

 

fasting first thing in the morning so I know where I am starting out at

 

then you have a hour after meals and then 2 hours after meals

 

I try to keep the 2 hour testing or spike under 140

 

Testing before a meal gives you a heads up on what to have for that meal. I mean if you test before lunch and your at 100 or 110 you really are limited in what you can have to stay "legal" where if you test and your 80 then pretty much you can have a totally different menu.

 

If you just eat and not test then how do you really know how much the lunch spiked you? And how do you tell what food did it? Testing before gives you a base to start from.

 

I only test after snacks if it is something new. That is to show me if that snack is good for me or not. But really if you test fasting then 3 times for each meal then at bedtime that is 11 times a day.

 

I have over time learned more about foods and no longer have to test that often. My fingers thank me.

 

I do not test after exercise only before eating. But exercise plays a large roll in the numbers there. Exercise spikes my b/g then drops it and that takes some time. And I think we are all different in this area. Don't know if there is a sit time to test after exercise? But I do watch about a hour and a half after walking if I have not snacked.

I hope some of this helped you?

Jae

 

Thank you Jae. This definitely helped. Especially the part highlighted in blue. Makes perfect sense and I hadn't thought about why to test before.....just that I was supposed to do it...haha. Like I said, I'm suffering from TMI in a short period of time. My brain needs a floppy disc :)

 

I just read in a little booklet that it's good to test 15 min before and 15 min after exercise while learning what works for the individual.

 

So far today my numbers have been below 140, 124 being the highest 2 hours after lunch which was a mixed green salad, grilled chicken strips, tomato and cottage cheese.

 

I can do this!!:)

 

Brenda

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Morris "Type 1"

I test a lot I guess.

 

its midnight here, around 11pm I noticed I was feeling lethargic and it was distracting me from some computer stuff I was working on. so much so I had to stop, anyway, I check my sugar and it was kinda high for apparently no reason at all.

 

So then I realise I need to take my lantus, I had missed it by about 30 minutes, a little while later.. 15 mins perhaps and tested again. I will test again before I go to sleep too, sometimes I set an alarm for in the middle of the night if I am worried for any reason.

 

So hmm,

 

I have been experimenting with my food lately so I tend to check:

 

Wake up,

Before breakfast,

after breakfast 1 and 2 hour PP

about 3 hours after breakfast I have lunch

Test before lunch

Test 1 and 2 hours after lunch

sometimes I test in 15 and 30 minute intervals after food.

if I feel at all strange, I test.

Before dinner, after dinner, 1 and 2 hours later, before bed.

 

I guess that works out about 12 times a day, depending, I know that I tend to consume about 17 strips at least a day because the drum of sticks runs out every day on my all in one BG machine.

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brendak1254

Testing before a meal gives you a heads up on what to have for that meal. I mean if you test before lunch and your at 100 or 110 you really are limited in what you can have to stay "legal" where if you test and your 80 then pretty much you can have a totally different menu.

 

If you just eat and not test then how do you really know how much the lunch spiked you? And how do you tell what food did it? Testing before gives you a base to start from.

 

 

Oops. Forgot to highlight this in my previous post.

 

Brenda

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Jae

So far today my numbers have been below 140, 124 being the highest 2 hours after lunch which was a mixed green salad, grilled chicken strips, tomato and cottage cheese.

 

I can do this!!:)

 

Brenda

 

YES! You can do this!

I try to keep in mind that numbers over 140 can do damage to your feet and legs and numbers over 180 can be damaging your eyes. When I keep that in my mind it helps me to be more careful. Not always HAPPY but more careful.

 

Keep in mind that we are all very different. Meaning you can eat something and it will work perfectly then I can eat the same exact thing and spike me way out there.

 

Also you might want to look up SugarStats.com

I have found this to be the greatest tool for me! (Thanks Again to who ever posted this site in here to begin with!) I just use the free one and keep a hard copy of my numbers as well. It is a very easy site to work off of.

 

Keep up the good work your just on a learning curve a lot of information coming at you. I repeat

You Can Do This!

Jae

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Richard157

I test before meals and 2 and 4 hours after meals, when I get up each morning and at bedtime, befoe snacks and 2 hours after and every time before driving. When I exercise I test before, during and after. My total number of tests usual runs 12-15 times per day.

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jenb

Mine works out about the same as Richard's: According to my meter, I average 13 times a day. No wonder my Johnson & Johnson stock does so well! I guess those dividends are offsetting the cost of my strips :D.

 

Jen

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xMenace

Compliance and safety testing

1. 7am Waking

2. 9:30 am breakfast pp

3. 11:30 am lunch

4. 2pm pp

5. 4:30pm drive home/dinner

6. 7:30pm pp

7. bed time

 

Add additional tests in the evening when driving, say after getting groceries, when playing sports or doing activities, when eating strange meals, or when I have abnormal readings which seems to be daily lately.

 

Profiling:

When I'm profiling, that is trying to assess by rations or basal rates, I will test every half hour for four to six hours. This intense testing is IMO the best way to see what's happening. Kinda like using a CGMS.

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enigmalady777

I take insulin and find that testing is vital in helping me dose properly and correct if necessary.

 

I test 6-8 times a day: first thing in the morning, just prior to each meal, 2 hours after each meal, then at bedtime. If I feel hypo symptoms, I will test more often.

 

A co-worker saw me testing my blood sugar at my desk one morning last week and immediately asked how often I test (she's diabetic also.....) and when I told her how often, she winced. Of course we immediately got into a conversation about our diabetes. She also winced when I told her that I'm on MDI. She takes Lantus once a day along with orals.

 

She's a lady that I used to work with years ago, (I just started this job last week, and most of the people in my department are people I have worked with at another company) and I remembered she was diabetic. She told me that her last A1C was 10.0 down from 14.0 and I pointed out the her average BG was in the 300-400 range based on that.

 

It wasn't surprising to hear that she has problems with her feet and eyes. She wants to add a mealtime insulin to her therapy as well, especially after I told her what my A1C is. She was impressed.

 

So all my finger pokes aren't for nothing.:T

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kamkazmoto

My insurance will NOT pay for more than 3 test strips a day and at a buck a strip, I don't want to buy a whole bunch of them.

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rkicklighter
Some of you say you test 10-12x a day or more. Please help me understand how to understand the numbers if it is not an hour or two after meals.

 

Do you test right after a snack? Right after exercise? If so, how soon? I thought it takes a while to get an accurate reading. I may not be asking this in the right way.....still so new at this.

 

Thanks,

 

Brenda

 

When I first started pumping, I was testing almost every hour for the first 7 or 8 days. However this was necessary to get my basal dose correct and to calculate insulin resistance plus insulin to carb ratio.

 

Now my doc has me follow this routine for testing:

Waking (anywhere between 4 and 6:30 am)

Before Breakfast (can't eat when I first get up)

Before Lunch

Before Dinner

At bedtime

 

In addition, anytime I feel strange for any reason, I test. Also test if I am going to have a snack of more than 10 carbs. If in doubt, pull out the meter.

 

RK

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Southcoast June

I don't test at all while I'm at work (although I easily could if I wanted to). I've been using my left index finger consistently and have actually built up a little callous on it. It has its good points and bad, but it doesn't hurt any more :D

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Grunch
sometimes I test in 15 and 30 minute intervals after food.

 

When do you find that the peak in BS generally occurs?

 

Post prandial is measured in the 2 hour mark but I never understood why that is. Is it supposed to be the peak or is BS supposed to have returned to normal after 2 hours?

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papabear1947

hi my doctor advised me to test 4 times a day

as soon as you get up before you eat or drink any thing ,

this is called [fasting bloods]

then before lunch

before dinner

before bed

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deercotn
My insurance will NOT pay for more than 3 test strips a day and at a buck a strip, I don't want to buy a whole bunch of them.

 

WHAT???!!!! You can't be serious.

 

My insurance will pay for however often my doc says I need to test. I test 4-5 times a day-- typically first thing in the morning, 2-3 hrs after each meal, then sometimes right before bedtime.

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type2in NY
hi my doctor advised me to test 4 times a day

as soon as you get up before you eat or drink any thing ,

this is called [fasting bloods]

then before lunch

before dinner

before bed

 

Most diabetics I know test:

 

waking up---> this is your FS (fasting blood sugar)

 

2 hours AFTER each meal....to see how your well your body handled that meal!

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deercotn
hi my doctor advised me to test 4 times a day

as soon as you get up before you eat or drink any thing ,

this is called [fasting bloods]

then before lunch

before dinner

before bed

 

You need to find another doc 'cause yours don't know squat about managing diabetes.

 

You need to be testing 2 hrs AFTER each meal. This is the only way you will learn how different foods effect you BG.

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MCS

I tend to test at different levels each day, depends on what I am eating. If I know what the food will do I will check at 2 hrs. If it is a new food for me, I will check before and every 30 minutes until I get back below 120. Also test FBG, and at bed time to see what is going on at night.

 

By the way, Wally-World has a meter that comes with 50 strips for only $20 dollars. $0.40/strip

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UpNorth

I'm T1 on insulin so here goes...

 

I test before getting out of bed.

On my way to work

About 1h into working

At morning break @10am

Before heading to the cafeteria to have lunch

1h after lunch

2h after lunch

When finishing work

Before dinner

1h after dinner

2h after dinner

Before bed

 

At night if waking up. And then add when feeling high or low:T

I test a bit less in the weekends due to not being as active then...

 

A typical weekend would be:

 

Before getting out of bed

1 and/or 2h after breakfast

Before lunch

1 and/or 2h after lunch

Before dinner

1 and/or 2h after dinner

Bedtime

 

and at night if waking up, plus when feeling high or low.

 

I get enough strips per month to test 15 times per day but i average around 12 most days, sometimes testing more if having ups and downs.

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