Testing Blood Sugar Levels
Can someone please guide me at what times I should test my BS levels on my OneTouch Select Simple meter?
Generally the advise is to test on rotation of time,so that you will get an idea of when sugar is spiking and plan your strategy suitably.It is suggested to test before and after breakfast,lunch and dinner in a rotational manner. Periodicity depends on how well your diabetes is controlled.You may chose once every three to seven days.If you are already in very good control,you can test at longer intervals.If not,better it is done more frequently.Home testing is for establishing trends only.For diagnostic purposes,you have to go in for more reliable lab testing.
Can you please suggest the timings more deeply. I have been able to bring my fasting bs level from 155 to 124. I have always tested fasting levels and have based my diet changes on this testing methodology. I need advice on frequency and exact timings for before and after meal tests.
Diet plays a decisive role in managing BS.Unless you test after bf/lunch/dinner how can you find out as to what you are eating is helpful or not.It definitely helps fine tuning your diet.Personally I consider testing after food is more important.It also helps you in fine tuning your medication.
Yeah truely long, I am in dilemma if I should follow this.
ferritin has nothing to do with your sugar
you need to test only when your postlunch,breakfast urine sample tests positive for sugar.
Two recently published systematic reviews plus metaanalyses have examined the association of diabetes incidence with ferritin levels. One study (Zhao 2012) reports a meta-analysis of 12 prospective or crosssectional studies which analyzed ferritin levels and involved 4366 type 2 diabetes patients and over 41,000 controls plus four studies that measured heme-iron intake involving 9246 type 2 diabetics and about 180,000 controls. It was found that for the highest vs. the lowest category of ferritin level, the risk of diabetes was increased 66% in prospective studies and 130% in cross-sectional studies. A similar comparison for heme-iron intake yielded a 31% risk increase.
Frequency and timing of testing depend on your current blood sugar control and how much further improvement is needed.
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