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How many times a day do you test?

  • By Shelley, TheLongPointGirl Moderator

    I’m not sure what you mean by stage 🙂 but I’ve been diabetic for 12 years. For 8 of those yrs, my treatment was diet, exercise and testing. My insurance company recognized it was cheaper to pay for strips alone than medication and strips and whatever else might be prescribed. I was able to maintain diet and exercise as my treatment for so long because I tested frequently. Now I’m on one oral med and one weekly non-insulin injectable med. Does that help?

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  • By SweetD

    I started a new medicine a month ago that can cause lows, so I’ve been testing several times a day. Currently, I feel secure enough with my eating lifestyle changes and exercise routine to test up to 4 times a day or less, unless I feel anything unusual.
    So far, so good.
    I’ll eventually only test 2 times a day again.

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  • By Riddler

    I test when I get up, then try to remember to test before meals as well as after for comparing. Sometimes I do and others I don’t. If I don’t it’s usually two to three times a day depending if I test at bedtime. I’ve had some highs on the bedtime reads. I don’t mean in the 180 and above but higher than what should be according to Joslin. They have a nice little chart as to what should be for a normal person and a diabetic. If I’m not allowed to post this then please remove the link. But in my view it’s a good little guide to go by at times. I’ve been right on the edge and over according to the reads for bedtime. But what can a person do on that? Kinda the rock and hard place scene. Any rate here’s the link and admin please remove and hit me over the head if I messed up posting it. http://www.joslin.org/info/goals_for_blood_glucose_control.html

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      Thanks for sharing @riddler so glad it is helpful for you to look at! We always encourage checking with one’s doctor or dietitian for individual goals as well as they may vary by individual. Sounds like you are doing a lot to best manage your type 2 diabetes! Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

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  • By Riddler

    @margot. I try but at times I keep falling out of the car and have to dust myself off and get back behind the wheel again. I need to try and remember to take reads before meals as well. For instance when I have something like a 110 for an after meal read but had forgotten the premeal read then I’m wondering at to what that read would had been and was it low and the meal brought it up or was it in an acceptable range and the meal didn’t phase at all and kept me in a good range. Know what I mean? Always that question in the back of the mind if I get in a hurry and forget to do the premeal read.

    I do stay in touch with the DE and also see my doctor usually three to six months depending on if she had some special labs or tests done wanting to go over the results with me. Both like what I’ve been doing but still don’t like the weight gain that’s coming back again and the cravings I get at times. I have candy(those small fun bars) on kitchen table but don’t touch but once in a while. I also have ice cream in the freezer but again as with the candy. Once in a while and I measure it to the half cup(measuring cups). There’s all kinds of snacks that I don’t touch. So leaving out in the open like this don’t phase me at all. But at times I still have the cravings, am gaining again(doctor teased me about it when was filling out some paperwork).

    Hence the question I had posted on Metformin. I seem to recall that it helped cut my appetite before when I was on it. Thinking of talking to DE and see what her thoughts are also on me maybe going back on it. I’m having high reads at times from the 180’s to over 200 at times on foods that at first was in good ranges. Then those foods will go to good ranges and something else will act up. It’s not an everyday thing but still catching my attention and I’m wanting to gain control of it. When I was first dx I went total tight control. I mean really tight. I can’t do that again, I know it. But still want try to get it again. So will need to ask DE and doctor about something to help with the curbing appetite again.

    Glad you like that chart. Hope you like the pdf that I posted for download also. Very entertaining and I think I mentioned in it’s post that the author although humorous doesn’t pull any punches with his words and descriptions. He tells it like it is.

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