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Old 04-15-2009, 19:54   #1
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Default Meter gone fishin


recently I have been diagnosed with diabetes 2, so I am sorry if this question seems too newbie...

I am using ACCUCHECK ACTIVE, brand new, and for the past few days it is giving me readings between 40 and 90... I have cut down sugar, carbs and high fat foods, so I do believe these levels are somewhat OK. When its under 50, I do feel hypoglicemic (headaches, shivering, etc)... that is another indication of good reads.

Although, I have decided to check multiple times in a row, with just 3 minute intervals... 90 minutes after a fat meal (it was a McDonalds hamburguer) readings were: 73 mg/dl, 3 minutes later 91 mg/dl, then one last try 3 minutes later: 88 mg/dl.

This fluctuation actually happens? I must add that my insulin production was sky high last time I checked... Or is this an indication of problem with my stripes or even with the ACCUCHECK ACTIVE unit?

Once again, sorry for this newbie question and thanks for all your patience.

F Kowalski

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Old 04-15-2009, 23:05   #2
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Those three readings are pretty close in range. I would worry if I got readings of, say, 190 then 100 then 75. Just stick with reading right before and 2 hours after a meal and when you might be suspecting an abnormal reading. You mentioned your insulin production was sky high. How do you determine that?

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Old 04-16-2009, 05:29   #3
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Originally Posted by rubystar2 View Post
You mentioned your insulin production was sky high. How do you determine that?
First of all, thanks for your reply.

I know the insulin is high because this is why I have been diagnosed with Type 2 -- the confirmation came from (lab) blood tests (glucose after 12 hour fasting and insulin levels). I have no idea the english term (I am brazilian) but it is something like "insulin resistance".

Probably it is included in the default blood tests to check for diabetes.

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Old 04-16-2009, 08:15   #4
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Ah, I see. Your English is perfect, I didn't know you had blood work for the insulin level. Yes, I, too, am a type2 insulin resisitant diabetic. I recommend not wasting your testing strips and just test when you should be, whenever your doctor suggested which is usually right before and two hours after eating. Keep taking good care of yourself.

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Old 04-16-2009, 11:39   #5
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Hello There and Welcome: Great Title.

All questions are welcome and yours is a Good one. You will be disappointed to learn that NO meter is 100% accurate. They are usually only 85-90% accurate. So although much better than the Clinitest tablets and Chemstrips many of us used in the past, meters are just a guideline tool.

In important situations, I have tested my sugar 3 times and I choose the middle number to guide my med. amounts, exercises, and/or food consumption.

If you are Insulin Resistant(IR) that means that you are making a lot of Insulin which is probably turning into fat since it cannot go into your necessary cells for energy. Losing weight, if you apply, is Very important to help lower the resistance.

Good heavens! I'm Really Happy to hear that you are jumpng into the treatment of your Diabetes by cutting carbs, etc., BUT 40mg/dL is Very low and should be avoided. Blood sugars shouldn't purposely be lower than 70mg/dL. No wonder you didn't feel good.

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