Test Time - When?

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 9/16/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there an optimum time to test after meals?  I've been told that 'within 2 hours' is best but I've also heard that 90 minutes is better.
Is 1 hour not enough?  Is 2 1/2 hours too much?
The reason I ask is sometimes I get distracted & forget to test -- life gets busy & my tiny little brain can only handle a few things at once rolleyes

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
The guideline that I was taught was 2 hours after the you sat down to eat the meal. Maybe it might be a good idea to set the kitchen timer when you say grace... If your timer doesn't go up to 2 hours just set it for an hour and then reset. Also, if your 2hour PP (postprandial) numbers are running ok (110 would be great!) then start testing every other day or so. If they are running high (over 150) you need to rework your meal plan, up the veggies and lower the starches. If you do that and don't see a definite improvement it's time to talk to the doctor about a med change or dosage switch.

Something else that can affect your numbers is exercise. Sometimes the results of exercise doesn't show up on your meter until several hours after you have finished. Remember to take this into account if your numbers are kattywampus. Taking a walk after a meal is one way to divert the available carbs away from fat storage and into muscle use so they get used up. This will also lower numbers. I have found this helps my overnight spikes sometimes. Hope this helps.
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