The initial guidelines given to me at the doctor last Monday (right after diagnosis) were to test my blood-glucose on a staggered schedule like this:
Day 1: After breakfast, before lunch
Day 2: Before lunch, after lunch
Day 3: After lunch, before dinner
Day 4: Before dinner, after dinner
Day 5: Before breakfast, after breakfast
(post-prandials are all two hours after eating)
My guidelines were that the pre-prandial should be no more than 100 and the post-prandial should be no more than 140. (I understand that these numbers are higher than most people now recommend)
I think his rationale was that he wanted to see what my pre-prandial / fasting numbers were to get a baseline, and he also wanted to save me some money on strips.
Well after looking at my numbers for a week and a half, I have made the executive decision to do something different.
My pre-prandial numbers are almost never off. The exception is if I had a snack between meals, which usually puts it slightly higher than 100 (like 109).
Based on that, and on the fact that post-prandial numbers are a better predictor of problems later on, I am going to stop the pre-prandial checking (except for maybe spot-checking once a week), and I’m instead going to test at the one-hour and two-hour post-prandial interval. I will do that until I figure out which number is consistently higher (I think it’s the one-hour) and then I will just start testing there.
I also like the idea of doing it one meal at a time, so that I can figure out what to eat for that meal. Breakfast for one week, lunch the next week, dinner the next week, and then recycle. That will only have me using one strip a day (once I figure out my peak time) and will probably give me better guidance than only hitting each meal every third day.
I’m sure if there are any fatal flaws with my plan, someone will let me know.