* Test right before eating. Log the reading.
* Test again one hour after your first bite, and log the reading along with what and how much you ate. This is assumed to be about the highest peak - the spike - from the meal.
* Test a third time two hours after your first bite. This is hoped to show your blood sugar dropping back to roughly what it was before the meal. If it is, you're showing a good second phase insulin response. If it is not, you should continue testing until you find your blood sugar beginning to drop.
This can be used to test individual foods such as fruits and things you suspect are going to spike you
The UK uses the International standard for blood glucose measurements. The unit used is mmol per litre and it is 18.05 times larger than the US figure of mg/dL. So, 5 mmol/L is equivalent to 90, 11 is equivalent to 191.I just read a web site about eat to your meter right before I got this. It is a diabetes forum in the UK. But the example chart they have shows A1C level (like 5, 11, etc), not the sugar level I am used to (like 80, 120, 150). I thought A1C didn't really change in days, let alone hours as it is an indication of the last 3 months.
Great idea. I'm thankful that there are only two in my office and my co worker eats very healthy. No snack tables for us. Salami is a food I happily welcomed back into my life, post diagnosis.When the snack table at my work stays too loaded for too long with carby contributions, I make a contribution myself. Flax crackers, cheese, salami, pork skins, etc.
My insurance covers the Accuchek Nano. I have found that consecutive comparison readings using the Nano can vary a great deal: 115 to 124 to 108. Usually they are within 5 points of each other, but not always.And are Relion reliable? I would imagine there are some brands out there that are poor quality and give bad readings if they work at all?
That's normal and could be due to liver dumping some glucose into bloodstream. BG levels are constantly changing even at rest and more so, if you are doing some physical activity.I can't explain this. Yesterday at 2 pm I jad a handful of Spanish peanuts. At 4.45 my level was 69. I didn't eat but went out for a long walk. When I came back it was like 92.
This should be on a billboard. It's going on my refrigerator for those odd frustrating numbers.A person's metabolism isn't a static thing. And there are many variables and processes that affect what we would see on our meters. The few we do know and track are carbs in and BG rise. Then there's the liver's role in all this which may, or may not, raise. How much insulin our bodies actually produce varies, also, affecting whether or not we get a rise out of a specific carb load. And exercise adds in another factor which can further affect our BG levels during and after.
One can never fully understand everything that happens. The best we can do is track trends and become well acquainted with how foods and exercise affect us individually - most of the time
Exactly. I went to the Relion about a year ago - some vials seem to read higher than others. Which is the more accurate? - I certainly don't know - although I can guess based on what my A1C is. After having gone through puzzling higher numbers, and then then lower and more expected levels after opening a new vial, I'm not going to freak out anymore over this. (Same thing happened with the FreeStyleLite.)Oy! So many strips ;-) I am looking into the Relion. I have read good and bad reviews of it, but that seems to happen for everything.