I'm a recently diagnosed T2 and I have a couple of "newbie" questions. (First for all - I hope this is the correct way to post a question... if not, please correct me!)
Background: I've brought my fasting BG down from 175 (initial lab value that got me diagnosed) to where I am now averaging in the low- to mid-120s with a low carb diet, weight loss and exercise and 500 mg metformin. My doc as has asked me to test fasting, and after lunch and dinner. Since I am so new to this (and I am a bit of a data geek) I bought my own strips to I could test more often.
1. What strategy do you all recommend when you get BG readings that are inconsistent?
Some mornings I'll test and get 165 - yikes! Then I'll test again immediately (because it is so out of range), and get 116. Well, now I have to test again, because which one is right? Pretty soon the strips are piling up and my hands are getting dried out from all the washing...
Now I come to find these home BG meters are notoriously inaccurate, or perhaps inconsistent is a better word. I just switched from the OneTouch Ultra Mini to Aviva Accu-Chek, and I am seeing a lot of variation between the two devices, sometimes I see variation from one finger to another, or one hand to another. What's a sensible approach that will help me get a good sense of what is happening with my BG, without driving myself nuts?
My goal is to understand better the various factors that affect my BG (at least those over which I have some semblance of control!).