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Wed May 23 20:50:30 EDT 2012

Is it ok to ask Dr to let me test three times a day, before and after each meal. She only stated one time fasting.
Asked By: cindywalters  

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2012-05-24 11:48:58.0

The more testing you do, the better control you can gain, especially where post meal spikes are concerned. This means you want to take better control over your diabetes. This is a reasonable request and I'm sure your health care team will be pleased!! Most of my patients want to test less. Stay well!
Answered By: susan sloane
Accreditations: B.S.,Rph.,C.D.E.,Nutritionist
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2012-06-09 12:28:45.0

The standard is 4 tests per day per insurance standards, that said before I got my cgm because of trouble with lows (Also insurance pd & supported) they approved 5 tests per day to drive
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2012-05-30 11:16:25.0

Hi Cindy, There are three important testing times during each day, and each reading tells us different but important information about our bodies. The first is the fasting reading. This gives us a snapshot in time how we're doing, and over time, can give us a good roadmap of where we've been. The second is one hour before your largest meal of the day. This will generally be your lowest blood glucose reading of the day, and will tell you how your body is managing low blood glucose situations. The third is one is two hours after you begin to eat your largest meal of the day. This reading will tell you how high your blood glucose is going. Taken together, these three readings will give you all the information you need to make good diabetes management decisions. I salute you for being eager to know what your body is doing. Remember, blood glucose regulation is something that our bodies are naturally designed to do. We normally don't need to think about it. But when our bodies lose the ability to manage blood glucose, we need to intervene in this otherwise automatic process. This means we must know where our blood glucose is at before we can intervene constructively! Keep up the good work.
Answered By: kenhampshire

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