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High Glucose less than 2-3 hours after eating...
An_246714 posted:
These tips contained here are in relation to the posts made 2 weeks ago by Butterfly 2957 and the Responders:

Depending on the type of diabetes you have, your pancreas functionality or your insulin resistance, other factors are very involved:
  • Always follow your doctors recommendations for your insulin dosages--and whenever there is a question, call him.
  • Always document your blood glucose (bg)readings.
  • Always check your bg before eating, and again 2 hours after eating, provided you took your insulin on schedule.
  • Make sure you take your fast-acting insulin before or immediately after eating, especially a meal.
  • Fast-acting insulins do not enter your body's system all at once--they do begin working within 15 minutes of taking your dose, but it takes between 3 1/2 to 4 hours before that insulin will peak.
  • Expect the 2 hour bg, after a meal, to be higher than a normal reading. However, if you have just begun to manage your diabetes, the 2 hour (known as a post prandial bg for after the meal)is an indicator of how well that particular dosage of insulin for that particular meal is covering for the food you ate.
  • A low or lower carbohydrate diet and regular daily excercise are best for helping to gain control of your diabetes, no matter what type you have.
  • If you eat a large meal or a rich in carbohydrate meal, you will require more fast-acting insulin than you would normally take. But your doctor or a diabetes educator can assist you in learning how to manage your bg's and food intake.
  • Be sure to visit a dietician who specializes in diabetic meal plans for your type of diabetes. They are different.
  • The high you had immediately after getting home, I do not know if your insulin was taken in a timely manner or not, but timing is very important. If I eat out, I get a carbohydrate guide, as i count carbs, and I take my insulin in the bathroom or in the car before I leave the remises. By the time I am home, I know my bg should be working on the meal I just ate.
  • I check my bg again 2-3 hours after that meal to check on how my insulin dose is working for me.
  • It may be troublesome at times, but writing down what you eat for at least 2 weeks before your next doctor appointment can help you also, because you will see what you are eating, and you can sometimes see a trend if your bg does not stay withing the levels you and your doctor are working towards.
I hope these tips are beneficial to you. I have had type I diabetes since I was 5 1/2 years old. I also did a short period of caretaking for a gentleman who had a serious case of Type II diabetes. It's no easy job to manage your diabetes, but it is worth all of your effort and then some. The more you know about yourself and your diabetes, the better your health will be. Knowledge is strength.
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