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Is it ok to cut back on testing?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Paulm80, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. DenverGarth

    DenverGarth · BANNED

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    So we know a bowl of rice is almost certainly going to raise our blood sugar levels, same for bananas, cereal, etc etc etc and so we eliminate them from our diet. We keep going through all those food items that are likely to raise our blood sugar and avoid them. That might of course lead to missing one or two, but then does that matter?

    T2 by the way.
     
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  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    To use your own analogy how do you know where you are on the map without checking the co-ordinates?
     
  3. DenverGarth

    DenverGarth · BANNED

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    If I were in a known area, I wouldn’t need to check co ordinates. Just follow the map. Many areas are well known to us now. Maps are very detailed these days. Sat navs too. If stuck I might ask a passer by that would know the area.

    I could check the co ordinates. But it wouldn’t really be necessary.
     
  4. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Thanks John nice to see you back after the ban..
     
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  5. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    I have found that testing at least 4 times a day has kept me diet only controlled for 8 years. The menopause seems to give me wild fluctuations, even eating a narrow range of foods during this time. So, for me, keeping a close daily eye on my blood sugar levels is important.

    I also find stress, and some other triggers, affects my blood sugar levels quickly too.

    So I personally prefer to monitor frequently to be able to tailor my intake of food meal by meal to maintain my success.
     
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  6. coby

    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I envy you ... I wish that I could be in the position of being happy with my eating.
     
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  7. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    Is there any way I can help? I have been a diet controlled type 2 for 8 years now. Perhaps you can start a thread about your eating, and others on the forum can share their experiences to see if we can come up with some positive suggestions?
     
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  8. coby

    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lucylocket61 It's been a terrible 21 months for me. My mother died suddenly and unexpectedly, and then just nine months later so did my dear son ( and in between the two losses my fiance left me). My eating pattern became the last thing on my mind and still is. I am in a swirl of emotions. I'm sorry to not be able to provide a better response
     
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    #28 coby, Feb 18, 2020 at 7:47 PM
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  9. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    @EllieM I was 8.0 after 1 hour down to 6.5 after 2 hours so I coped with it.
     
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  10. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    I am sorry for your losses.
     
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  11. Jollymon

    Jollymon Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was given a Libre. I liked it. It allowed me to sleep through the night without crazy alarms from bad readings. But I fall into the group that cgm doesn’t work so well. On day 2 of it all of the readings went crazy. On day 3 it said I needed to change the sensor. I left it in through day 4 after the sensor died. Then I put it in a ziplock bag, stuck it on top of the fridge, and haven’t seen it since.

    My finger tips are bad from testing. I know they aren’t pretty. I file the thick spots with an emery board. Doing this helps.
     
  12. coby

    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Lucylocket61 Thank you. I hope to turn a corner soon and try to regain control over my diabetes. It's really just trying to keep to a proper diet that seems impossible, as my mind wanders and I just forget to focus. I'm okay at breakfast .. I have a tiny amount of porridge oat flakes mixed with Chia and Pumpkin seeds, ground ginger & Cinnamon, soaked in Coconut milk, then I add either fresh blueberries or fresh/frozen raspberies ... cook for 1 minute and lace with double cream. But the rest of the day seems too much for me to handle. I think perhaps some is comfort eating (egg custards some days, chocolate, and even hot chocolate which I know is too sweet even when I'm drinking it) I think lack of emotional support since my fiancee left is the key. I'm not a mixer so it's difficult. Hope I've not rabbited on too much!
     
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  13. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    Keep talking, you are not rabbiting on. This is a support forum for all aspects of diabetes, including how our feelings and situation affects our health.
     
  14. Ajax

    Ajax Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I test twice-yearly ..at my Diabetic Reviews, which is enough for me.

    The dilemma facing a glucometerer is this .."if I take my eyes off ✻the ball✻ ..will my control slip" ..it's magical thinking, methinks.
     
  15. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Yes a bit like taking your eyes of the road to check the speedometer when driving your car.
     
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  16. VashtiB

    VashtiB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @coby
    I am so sorry for your losses. That is a lot to bear.

    I'm am also so sorry you are struggling. I know when there are other stresses in our lives that taking care of ourselves can seem to be the easiest thing to give us. I also know how certain foods can give you a feeling of comfort.

    You may want to google keto baked custard for some custard that actually tastes okay without the huge level of carbs- also google keto hot chocolate.

    Please feel free to post on this site either to ask for support, ask for food ideas or just to get things off your chest. This site has the most generous people I know. We are all on a similar journey and I for one have received so much help from people here and welcome the opportunity to provide and support for others- it's a life long journey and I'm sure I'll receive more support in the future.

    Take care of yourself.
     
  17. coby

    coby Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    VashtiB that is so kind of you. I'm one of life's 'carers' so find it difficult to ask for/accept emotional support for myself. I doubt I will change now, and always try to find my own way through any struggles, but this time it's been rather like a huge landslide. I have just had my healthy breakfast ;) and feel a little stronger today, so hopefully I will keep to the right frame of mind.
     
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  18. Lorna Tinker

    Lorna Tinker Type 2 · Member

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    Don't you have to test before you get into your car. That is what I have been told to do.
     
  19. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Only if you are at risk of hypos....
     
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