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6/13/09 12:40 P

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No I am on metformin 500 mg. twice a day. I know I have had a few days where the 2 pills didn't seem enough for me. I need to up my exercise on those days. I'd rather do that than add more pills. I am just not an exercise person, but that needs to change for me.

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6/13/09 12:28 P

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Thanks Becky, I never can reach my doctor when I call, I either have to talk to her nurse or leave a voice mail.
I want to test my bs at least five times a day to see what foods are not agreeing with me.
Are you on insulin?

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6/12/09 9:25 P

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Hi Teresa,
I don't know what your bs should be before you go to bed other than it should at least be in the good range of 80-120 I assume. I check mine 2-4 times a day. My Rx is for 4 times a day at my request to my Dr. and you are right about them having to rewrite it when there is an increase in strips you need. I don't always check 4 times a day. Probably do 2 times on busy days but the good thing is if I have a day when I am not feeling things are right, I have extra strips that I can use to check 6-8 times a day if I need to.
I personally feel it is a good thing to be able to check your numbers as many times as you need to if you are new or are going through some things in your life that may make your numbers get wacky. Say like if you are very ill or are having to deal with something stressful in your life such as a job change or death in the family. You would need to check more often.
Do not hesitate to ask your Dr. to up your Rx even more if you feel it is necessary. It is your life we are dealing with and I doubt he/she would have any qualms about raising the number.
As far as testing before breakfast, I have mostly checked mine after eating. But I know it is good to check before and after because you can see the effect of what certain foods do to your bs. But by just doing the reading after my meals is how I found out that corn products (corn, tortillas, chips, cornbread, etc.) are not very good for me. I still eat them but limit them a lot and try to only eat them on my good days.

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what should your bs be at night before you go to bed?
Last mine was 126.

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How many times a day do you test your bs?
Right now I'm doing it two times a day but I don't feel that's enough.
My doctor only wanted me to test my morning bs.
Then I wanted to test at night so she had to adjust my prescription or the pharmacy don't fill it.
Now I want to test it after breakfast, before and after dinner to make sure I'm in range.
Now I'm a little confused about the numbers.
Should I test before I eat breakfast, I just use my fasting bs because I eat a hour after I get up?
I heard your number should be no more than 50 points different after you eat.

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6/12/09 6:33 P

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Katrina,
What has your bs been running in the morning? I'd also suggest trying something with a few carbs in it if you feel this isn't working for you. I've read on the other team that one or the other usually works. Not always but most of the time. How were your numbers the rest of the day?
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6/12/09 5:19 P

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Ok! I tried eating something last night. I ate a couple of pieces of lunch meat (only thing I had that was quick). My blood sugar was 153 this morning!

Two hours after lunch today, BS was 75! Go figure!

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6/12/09 3:49 P

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Hi Theresa,
One thing I did read about last night but haven't posted yet is about the type of snack you eat. Some posted to eat something with a few carbs and some protein, others suggest protein alone like a piece of chicken or maybe a slice of lunchmeat. If you have only tried one type, try the other one. Other than that, I know when my eating schedule is off, even if I eat correctly, that alone can throw my numbers off for the rest of the day.
I don't know about how things normally progress, but when my numbers get out of whack, sometimes it can take a while to get them back to where they should be. Has anyone else had a problem with this?

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Becky, I have been struggling with my fbs for a while now.
I have tried the bedtime snacks but they don't seem to work for me.
Last night my bs was 126 this morning it was 121.
I don't know what's going on.
I like my fbs between 100 - 110.

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Hi team,
I have had the same question sent to me or posted on the message board about having high FBS (fasting blood sugar) numbers in the morning when the previous evening's numbers were fine. On the "Managing Diabetes Group!", I found this information when I had questions at the beginning of my diagnosis on the very same thing.

This is what they wrote:
"if your blood sugars are not high enough to sustain body function through the night you liver will come on and say hey need food and proceed to dump that sugar right there into your system and bingo when you get up it's higher than when you went to bed and everyone blames it on the snacks and the eating and stuff. Have your doc explain that to do. Ask him about 'dawn syndrome' that's where your high numbers come from and if you go to bed with sugars in the 80-90 range i guarantee you will certainly wake up with higher sugars that's the way the body works."

Many eat a small bedtime snack to help prevent this from happening, something with both protein and a small amount of carbs. This could be a few crackers and cheese, a small apple and 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter, or some yogurt, etc. The snack should be in the range of approximately 15 carbs.
I know this sounds bizarre as it did to me too, but my numbers are better in the morning when I do this unless they were already too high at bedtime. Those times I do not eat a snack.
What I'd like to do is see how many if any of you eat a bedtime snack, explain if that works for you and post any suggestions for a snack. I think it could be helpful to everyone here.

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