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Old 03-19-2012, 01:50   #1
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This past friday I went out and bought a 50 pack of Breeze2 strips to do some testing on what i tolerate and what I don't. My way this weekend of doing has been: measure before eating a food.. eat the food, wait one hour from the last bite and measure again.. (is that the way to do it)?

I have noticed a number of things.. Bread is very bad for me. This morning I ate two pieces of wheat toast w/butter. OMG My fast was 125 and hour after eating the bread I was 172..

I normally take a turkey and cheese sandwich to work.. so I wanted to measure that.. so some 5 hours after after eating the bread I was down to 102, I ate the sandwich mentioned above and jumped up 167.. is this normal for a food spike or would I be flawed in my way of doing the measuring.

I have found that celery and PB is prety good. (3) 7-inch sticks with peanut butter only pumps me up 16bg

On Thursday I contact my doctor about what my A1C was and they would not release that information to me.. they said I had to come in for the appointment, is that normal or should I find a new MD?

I hope this is not to long winded..

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I would think you are doing it right. Others will say two hours, but it all depends on what the fat content of the food is. Because I eat between 40 and 60 percent fat in my meals, two hours does better for me.

You do not state what (if any) medications you are taking. Generally you do not want to see more than a reading of 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L) after a meal. At most you should strive for only a 40 point increase from pre-meal (pre-prandial) to post prandial readings.

I would guess that the doctor is doing the correct thing in wanting an appointment. This is generally what happens. He may have good reasons for wanting to go over the lab results with you. He should give you a copy of the test results and if he does not - ask for a copy to have a record to track your own progress as well. Normally the doctor's office will not give out results over the phone unless they know you well or they have called you.. Once your appointment has passed and you want to get a copy of your lab results, you will be required to sign a paper, and probably wait several weeks to get a copy, and they may legally charge for the copy then.

Some offices will not charge if they regularly give out copies and there is an extra copy in your file because the doctor did not give you a copy. Other offices throw the extra copies away assuming that the patient did not want a copy.

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Bread is one of the worst things for our blood sugar. Anything made from grains - even whole grains - will boost us into orbit, so say goodbye to all the products made from corn, wheat, oats, rice and any other grain you might be fond of. Many of us still have our sandwiches - we just turn them into wraps by rolling them up in a nice crispy Romaine lettuce leaf. (I'm sure you're thinking "ick" right about now, but you'll be surprised how good it tastes!)




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The usual way of testing is this:

before eating (so you can determine how much of a rise you got after eating)

1 hr after the first bite (not when finished eating). The beginning of eating triggers the first phase insulin response (which many of us T2s don't have, or have little of). Usually 1 hr is when you spike the highest, so that's good information to have.

2 hr after first bite. This is when your BG should be returning to near the level of pre-meal. Some foods will keep one's BG up higher and longer than others. Pizza comes to mind.

If you have the strips, and want to do this for more data, if your 2-hr pp (post prandial) was higher than you think it should be, test again at 3 hr to see if it comes down then.

The more information you have about how food affects your BG the better control you can achieve. Once you find your "safe" foods, you won't need to test them every time.

We all go through a lot of test strips at first. Since I'm not on meds, and I only eat foods that I have found don't spike me, then I don't need to test as often.

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Thanks for the replies. A few years ago I was told by the MD that I was Pre deabetic.. I did not think much of it. but recently I have felt really poorly. A week ago I checked my BG and it was in the low 200's.. I had a A1C done few days later. Tuesday I will get the results from the doctor. So I am not on meds.. but like I am reading I have lots of problems with my keeping my bg low. Light headed, shaky and weak.. Odd that I was light headed before I have atempted to bring my bg down. How long does it take for my body to become adjusted to lower blood glucose levels? I don't know if the doctor will place me on meds, I think it my be easer for I could eat more of a normal diet... but perhaps that is the wrong way to look at it. Oh well its all a large learning curve.

Thanks for the info on my sandwich.. going to make a wrap tomorrow and see how that works.

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VeeJay gave an excellent example to determining how foods affect you. Once you are satisfied with how what you are eating, then you may stop testing as often.

Be sure that you do a fasting blood glucose reading every morning and watch for trends. Pick another time of the day - like one hour after dinner and also watch for trends there. A steady rise over a couple of weeks means that you are needing to reduce your intake of carbs or if you are not on any medication - consider talking to your doctor about a medication.

Aim for a good exercise program if you are medically able. Try to set a goal of morning fasting under 90 mg/dl (5.0 mmol/L) and get concerned when it increases to over 100 mg/dl (5.6 mmol/L) on a regular basis. For a post prandial reading following dinner, you will have to set your own goal. Some of my friends not on meds aim to keep this reading under 120 mg/dl (6.7 mmol/L) and get very concerned when it gets above this. Another friend does not worry until his gets above 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L), and then he hits the panic button.

They are also working hard to maintain A1cs below 5.5 and the other fellow does keep his under 6.0. All are walking, swimming, and even some running when weather permits (and it sure has lately) and they all do cardio workouts at the gym.

Good luck! Keep a positive attitude.

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Since I also pay for my own strips, I do it a little differently. I only do after meal bg tests and usually do it at 2 hours after a meal. I like to be under 110 at that 2 hour mark. This works in the afternoon and evening but all bets are off in the morning. What I find is in the morning my hormones spike me more than the food I eat. So you need to realise the reason for the spike, sometimes. Bread is the worst for me. Many are told to avoid sugar but they think whole grains are OK. NOT!!!! All sorts of things make our bgs go up.

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Another way to conserve strips is to not test all meals every day. Test around breakfast one day, around lunch another day, and around supper another day. Then another day bedtime and rising (fasting).

The meals you don't test for, limit the carbs to what you know from previous testing is a good level for you. While you're still learning about foods, choose the new ones for those meals you will be testing for.

In the beginning it just takes a while to work into the lifestyle changes - and to make the attitude adjustment that this isn't temporary. It's one's way of life from now on. Eventually one accepts this not only in theory, but in reality, and life goes on very well.

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Yesterday I had the doctors apt. He gave me my a1c.. it was 5.8.. I then ask him why am I spiking so high when I eat carbs.. He didn't have a lot of answers. I told him I think if I can get something to help smooth out my spikes and lows it would help. He gave me Metformin 250mg twice a day.. I start it last night. I didnt seem much change last night.. but Today at work OMG.. I felt like a new man.. I was night tired and had LOTS of enegry.. I dont know why. but wow.. I didnt feel light headed and wasnt really hungry. He is still saying I am pre-diabetic & a few comments later he said I could be hypoglycemic.. so I am still watching my bg very closely.. I did see today eating the same food my BG was about 10 higher and ave. so I have no idea but gosh I felt good. Perhaps they put speed in the pills any idea on what is going on?

As always they took my blood pressure and it was 106/62... I as him if that perhaps is making my lightheaded and feeling poorly.. and he didn't have much to say other perhaps. so I am thinking perhaps I have the wrong doctor.

Thanks everyone for the good idea on testing and other good ideas. I am still going to stay on a low carb diet and monitor my bg until I know what is poison to me and what is okay.

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ps sorry for all the typos I should have reread it.

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