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Using Glucose Meter For First Time

Using Glucose Meter For First Time

Just ordered a meter and need some advice
1 How often/when dof I test
2. How to cope with fear of needles
3.Understanding the results
4.How do you get your sugars down if high eg eat something
Thanks in advance

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I test 3-4 x a day. Always in the morning before I eat anything (I was told this is the most important reading), before meals (I usually only eat 2), and at bedtime. I was on insulin when first dxd, and it was more important then and now it's just habit

I never thought I'd be able to inject, but with the @ pen needles, they're so small and thin that's it's not even a bee sting. I live alone now and there isn't anyone else to do it so I really didn't have a choice.

As far as the results from testing, a good range is from 80 to about 120 before meals and some say not over 140 after. As long as I'm back in the good range before my next test, I'm happy. Unless I know I'm eating things I shouldn't or I want to see what a particular food does to my bg, I don't test much after meals. De@ pending on where you Nos are now, your Dr should be able to give some guidelines as to where he/she thinks you should be.

If your readings are to high, @ exercise will bring them down and drinking more will also help. You only eat to treat a low, not a high. When you get low, you will experience the shakes and sweats, sometimes even nausea and headache. This can also hap pen as your bg drops into a normal level and your body is adjusting to your "new normal". You can get sugar tabs in the diabetes section of the grocery or drugstore to treat lows. I have them all over the place, but seldom use them these days. The rule is, if you are low, eat 15 carbs, wait 15 minutes, test again. If you're still low, try again. If you can't get your bg to come up into a normal range, call for help.

As far as testing, I use the meaty part of my hand (the heel) It rarely hurts and the reading is as good as a finger stick. Take care and good luck.

edited, originally posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Jayne Burgess ur blood sugar should b between 70-130 upon arising, below 140 before meals, 180 2 hours ,after a meal below 150 before bed time. try eating 15 grams of carbs b for bed ( 1/4 cp of cottage cheese, a few pretzel sticks. a hard boiled egg, eggs do not impact ur sugar) to try and lower morning sugars. when first DXD I checked in the morning, 2 hrs after meals and at bedtime. sometimes if the way I felt I couldn't tell if I was hi or low I would test and sometimes I tested when I ate something to c how it affected my sugar. if u test with the lancet on the side of ur finger it doesnt hurt as much, always wash ur hands with warm water to bring the blood to the tips before testing, wipe off the first blood drop and use the second so u have no sediment of ne kind left on ur fingers . If ur sugar is hi drink lots of water it will dilute the sugar in ur blood and urination will expel it from ur body. get a small book to write in and keep track of ur test readings write down what time u test take it with u to the Dr. best wishes and good luck God bless

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

dr told me first in the morning then 2 hours after breakfast then repeat for lunch and dinner that about 6 test a day also I would test if I felt strange of not normal

posted about 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

oh my thats so much testing.. check with your doctor my doctor said once before breakfast same time every day and once after dinner which is a 2 hr wait. I take cinnimon one in the morning and one before bed. I have been off of my med for 3days now just watching my carbs I do watch my intake...I have meat once a month fish most of the time Salmon , lots of seafood, veggies Califlower rice is great I eat it ever day and make it with anything, no carbs...

posted about 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Thank you Maris * I will ask doctor about the B12 at next visit. Much appreciated.

posted about 3 years ago
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