It is a science experiment and I too kind of like that idea. It all boils down to using the tools available(testing) and applying logic to the results in the hopes of improving our condition. I like analytical thinking, others probably hate the idea.
I'm an engineer, and I like having data to analyze, so I like to test and track food carefully. That said, strips can get expensive and the frequency and timing of my testing varies depending on the particular "problem" I am working. In the first year post-diagnosis I was working on the over-all glucose levels, so the early morning test was important, but once that settled down I began to work on reducing spikes, and focused more on after-meal tests. Now I'm focused on testing around exercise and the food intake associated with that. Some days I test a lot, because I want to get a good picture of what's happening, other days I test just twice, because I'm sticking to my routine and I know, from earlier testing, that it works.
I helps to be a creature of habit. Once you find a pattern that works, and the blood tests become consistent, you can stick to that and test less.
I just got a letter from the company that sends me my test strips. I've been diabetic since 1998. They said I could send in my own log. I did. Mine is a log that was prepared by my endo (assistant professor of endo at UAB) or someone in his department. Apparently they didn't like his log, so sent me their blank one. OMG. Indicated was a blank to fill in the time of day I tested. huh? What has that to do with the price of potatoes? If I ate lunch at 11:30, what good is it to test at 3 in the afternoon. Me thinks this is our government at work. I'm to give a questionaaire to my doctor. One question is, has the patient improved? Again. What? I don't have a bad cold, hon, I'm diabetic. I probably need to play their silly game or I may not get anymore test strips. In a perfect world, I would test before each meal and exactly two hours after I begin a meal, but I can't alway do that. I'm active. I don't live in an institution yet where meals are seved at specific times and I'm home twiddling my thumbs two hours later. Can't test in a car or if I'm volunteering, which I do nearly every afternoon.
hi, when I was in a hospital I was tested 3 times, at 9am ,12 and 6pm,
that was enough to decide if I need medicine.
now I test in the morning before breakfast, 1X a day.
I get lazy and will test fasting only for a while. Testing strips "pile" up so then I test 6 times a day, or maybe 3, for a while until I start getting lazy again.
My desire is to test 6 times a day, but my physician will only give me an Rx for 3 times a day. If I want to consistently test more often, then I will have to get a meter that has really inexpensive strips. Walmart is supposed to have a Relion one that has really inexpensive strips.
I test before each meal and in the morning. Your most important number is your fasting one. If I don't start off well then I won't have good numbers all day. You probably don't need to check that often 2 hours after meals. Maybe every once in a while to see how long it takes for your blood sugar to go back near normal