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Best uses for a Blood Glucose Meter & Optimal ranges to shoot for?

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I just got a Blood Glucose meter from Amazon because I love to collect/analyze my own data for optimization & longevity. If you use one I'd love to know how you use it throughout the day?
I never had any blood sugar issues and I'm always in range when I do fasted bloodwork. I'm curious of some of the baseline numbers you look for?

For example, I know that 99 mg/dL or lower is normal when you wake up in the morning and 101-125 is pre diabetic. I know higher doses of GH raises blood sugars and insulin lowers it,
but is there a sweet spot to shoot for if you are running gear, gh & slin? Bulking or cutting? Also to confirm if you're in ketosis? etc.

I understand everyone has a different baseline level and is affected differently by certain hormones/chemicals, but it would be great to hear some best uses of the meter for bodybuilding purposes?

I tried the search function but couldn't find the answers I was looking for... BTW I got this full blood meter test kit from Amazon for $30 and it has over 20K reviews: https://amzn.to/3EDPHdE

It seems to be quite accurate based on my research and the feedback of the users.
 

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I like to keep fasted glucose between 75 and 85 and 90 minutes post-meal to no more than 115.
 

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Be careful checking your BG right after waking , it can be pretty high because of the "damn phenomenon" or "dawning effect" where your body releases glucose as you wake.

I'd give it 30-45 minutes of getting up and moving around before checking , but like it's been mentioned before a few hrs after eating is a good way to see how your body is responding to food
 

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Be careful checking your BG right after waking , it can be pretty high because of the "damn phenomenon" or "dawning effect" where your body releases glucose as you wake.

I'd give it 30-45 minutes of getting up and moving around before checking , but like it's been mentioned before a few hrs after eating is a good way to see how your body is responding to food

This is an interesting phenomenon for sure.

Is 30-45 minutes after waking up the recommended period to wait for a more accurate reading?
 

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This is an interesting phenomenon for sure.

Is 30-45 minutes after waking up the recommended period to wait for a more accurate reading?

I never personally experienced it untill I started eat alot more carbs , now if I check as soon as I get up I'm in the mid 90's , after 30 minutes being awake moving I'm in the low 80's.
I've heard people say it's not uncommon to be over 100
 

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I never personally experienced it untill I started eat alot more carbs , now if I check as soon as I get up I'm in the mid 90's , after 30 minutes being awake moving I'm in the low 80's.
I've heard people say it's not uncommon to be over 100

That's pretty interesting and a significant difference between glucose being in the 90's versus in the 80's.
 

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Ideally, you will want to be low 80s when fasting. Low 90s or higher is probably mild to moderate insulin resistance. Waking up from sleeping really doesn't count as fasting, maybe 2-3 hours after you wake? Some people will be low when they wake, I'm not, but a few hours after I wake I'm usually in the high 70s. A1C is probably a better blood sugar "health" marker. I don't think it really means anything what it gets up to after a meal for non-diabetics, just that it gets low between meals and that the average isn't too high (A1C).
 

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Ideally, you will want to be low 80s when fasting. Low 90s or higher is probably mild to moderate insulin resistance. Waking up from sleeping really doesn't count as fasting, maybe 2-3 hours after you wake? Some people will be low when they wake, I'm not, but a few hours after I wake I'm usually in the high 70s. A1C is probably a better blood sugar "health" marker. I don't think it really means anything what it gets up to after a meal for non-diabetics, just that it gets low between meals and that the average isn't too high (A1C).

How low should glucose be between meals? How long after a meal should one measure glucose levels in your opinion?
 

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How low should glucose be between meals? How long after a meal should one measure glucose levels in your opinion?
There isn't a metric for this that I know of except for type I diabetics, and those rules don't really apply to people who make the correct amount of insulin. The only real metric is fasting glucose and "average" glucose (which is A1C). However, peaks and troughs are important and total glucose load can mean something (A1C)
 

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Ye ur wrong

Df u need it 4?

Ur blood sugar wont get 2 high / low nless ur diabetic etc


Eat watever works 4 u.
I think you need to research a little more before spewing info that just isn’t true brother.
 

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I just got a Blood Glucose meter from Amazon because I love to collect/analyze my own data for optimization & longevity. If you use one I'd love to know how you use it throughout the day?
I never had any blood sugar issues and I'm always in range when I do fasted bloodwork. I'm curious of some of the baseline numbers you look for?

For example, I know that 99 mg/dL or lower is normal when you wake up in the morning and 101-125 is pre diabetic. I know higher doses of GH raises blood sugars and insulin lowers it,
but is there a sweet spot to shoot for if you are running gear, gh & slin? Bulking or cutting? Also to confirm if you're in ketosis? etc.

I understand everyone has a different baseline level and is affected differently by certain hormones/chemicals, but it would be great to hear some best uses of the meter for bodybuilding purposes?

I tried the search function but couldn't find the answers I was looking for... BTW I got this full blood meter test kit from Amazon for $30 and it has over 20K reviews: https://amzn.to/3EDPHdE

It seems to be quite accurate based on my research and the feedback of the users.
I love them. I used to use mine much more the few months after I bought it than I do now but I think everyone should have one. You can do your own OGTTs (glucose tolerance tests). Like was mentioned, you can check your (fasting) glucose level 30 minutes after waking before you eat, then every few days and determine a general fasting baseline. Mine would be anywhere from 70-90. You can also check every few months to note any variation in your glucose clearance times at 1 hour, then 2 hours, etc. Not that you're likely to find many surprises but it's interesting to know where your insulin is functioning at.

I also like to keep track of my glucose post IGF-1 after workouts bc I always eat for what seems like hours and is quite the rollercoaster but it pumps me up just ridiculous.

Additionally, they're absolutely great to have if you're carb cycling close to the edge and dumping weight fast (to avoid going hypo).

Definitely one of my favorite gadgets.
 

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Ye ur wrong

Df u need it 4?

Ur blood sugar wont get 2 high / low nless ur diabetic etc


Eat watever works 4 u.
And a good way to make sure you are not going down the path to becoming diabetic or having hardening of the arteries at an early age is to monitor your glucose. So changes can be made. By the time you find out you are a diabetic you are already well on your way to being screwed.
 

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I used a Freestyle Libre for a while, my doctor wrote me a prescription, insurance paid for it. You wear a little disc and can pull your glucose at any time.
 

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I used a Freestyle Libre for a while, my doctor wrote me a prescription, insurance paid for it. You wear a little disc and can pull your glucose at any time.
How did you pull that off if you were not showing signs of being pre-diabetic or actually diabetic?

Cage
 

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How did you pull that off if you were not showing signs of being pre-diabetic or actually diabetic?

Cage
I have issues with what is basically exercise-induced hypoglycemia and can get it sometimes from eating high glycemic index carbohydrates. It's not serious though and basically, the doctor wrote me the script because I told him I go hypo sometimes after fasted cardio.

Hypoglycemia during exercise is a common event due to an unbalance between training volume, nutrition, and external influences such as chronobiology, temperature or altitude, in subjects characterized by an acute and chronic increase in glucose effectiveness and insulin sensitivity. While it is preventable by adequate pre-exercise feeding with carbohydrates, it can also be induced by a prior carbohydrate meal with high glycemic index.
Also, I'm extremely sensitive to insulin, back when I used slin, I'd have to start at 1-2iu of fast-acting insulin (WITH a large number of carbs). This is why I always warn people to start and very low doses and work up slowly. If you have VERY low insulin resistance (which is probably otherwise healthy) you can be extremely sensitive to insulin. I can then work up to "normal" doses over time.
 

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