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When to test Glucose levels

Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by cal27naidoo, May 20, 2014.

  1. cal27naidoo

    cal27naidoo Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi Guys,

    When is the best time to test your glucose levels?
     
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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Probably before eating and 2 hrs after eating. This tells you what foods you tolerate and what foods to avoid/reduce.
     
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    2131tom Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I also test as soon as I wake up in the morning. That gives you a 'fasting level' which is useful in seeing how well your medication/lifestyle changes etc. are working, generally.
     
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    cal27naidoo Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thanks guys... And what are your readings normally? My levels are really high... Doctor has put me on new meds today... Just wondering what my levels are meant to be

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    Dazza1984 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I test prior to each meal and 2 hours after. Also sometimes a short while after exercise to see how it alters my sugars; when I get that edgy feeling to see if having a hypo.
    I analyse all this data on the computer and in the last year my pre-meal (fasting) levels are 5.4mmol/L and post meal ~7.2mmol/L. I am only on 4iu morning and 6iu evening and consultant happy thus far.
    (I was told that they like to aim for 4-7 pre meal and 4-11 post meal)
     
  6. cal27naidoo

    cal27naidoo Type 1 · Active Member

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    Wow that's impressive. Now at the moment my pre-meal levels are ~17mmol/L and post meal 23mmol/L. The doctor has changed my medication from yesterday. I now take Apidra(fast acting insulin) 20 units 3 times a day after meals. And Humulin N(long acting insulin) 40 units at night. Hopefully now I would get single digits.

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    Weird Science Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It will depend greatly on what you are eating, are you low carbing ?
    I also found it took me a while to get my body in balance with regular insulin regime / food intake etc, but like previous comments, pre meal and post and after exercise, good luck!!


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    RosieLKH Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My levels were much like that two weeks ago, but they have more than halved since starting to eat a low carb diet. I am still in a steep learning curve about it though, but I'm hoping to avoid going on insulin.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I test certain meals before I start, 1hr after, 2hrs after and if no sign of it coming back down, again at 2.5hrs. I also test mornings when I get up and just before I go to bed, although not every day.

    I'm type 2, no meds.
     
  10. cal27naidoo

    cal27naidoo Type 1 · Active Member

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    Can you send me this diet to try? What are your readings now?

    Callen Naidoo
     
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    cal27naidoo Type 1 · Active Member

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    Thanks:) glad you don't have to poke yourself. What are your readings like?

    Callen Naidoo
     
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