how many times do you test blood sugar a day?

By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2011-06-24 02:28:36 -0500
Started 2011-06-21 12:31:03 -0500

april 2009 i started testing 4 times a day.after 5 months sept 2009. i'm testing 2 times day.

21 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-06-24 02:28:36 -0500 Report

I test first thing in the AM and after every meal. This allows me to control how much meds I have to take. I am prescribed metformine , 5 tablets 3 times a day, after meals as needed. My doctor said not to take it if my BS was already low, only if it spiked too high.
For about a week now my levels are doing good enough that I only have to take 1 tablet after each meal ( breakfast, dinner, and supper), And of course the only way to know what your levels are is to test.

MoeGig 2011-06-21 21:33:45 -0500 Report

I think the right answer is…it depends. If I am home and on my diet/routine and wake up with a good first test, then a couple more times during the day is plenty (always one before bed so I don't go low overnight). If I am out traveling than maybe one or two more times to check and correct.

LSpizale 2011-06-21 20:33:52 -0500 Report

You are missing out on opportunities to correct high bg readings, determine/eliminate diabetes is the reason you are feeling bad or different, and help to keep A1c scores in line. Personally I want to know what that food I ate at lunch did to me because I gave into my cravings this time. Or, just to have better control.

berrykins0 2011-06-21 20:44:23 -0500 Report

my doctor to me i didn't need to cause my numbers were to much the same.after breakfast and before supper. my ac1has been at 5.6 sept2009 to april 2011 1yr 8 was checked in between there of course. and my ac1 checked in april 2011 and is now ac1 5.4. i was take 2 tablets of metforin from june 2009 to 2010 june. i do take 1 tablet of metforin a day.for the last year.

Somoca 2011-06-21 16:49:50 -0500 Report

I test at least once a day to give me an idea of how to handle my menu for the day. On the weekends I test twice because my routine changes and I eat more. It works and I know when I am bad- I do not need a strip to tell that when I shovel a cup of rice or a cookie. :D

JoleneAL 2011-06-21 16:05:38 -0500 Report

I was initially testing twice a day, then when I decided about a year ago I didn't want to be a diabetic anymore - I stopped. Now I'm on Novolog and I go through test strips like candy.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-21 14:51:02 -0500 Report

I am testing as much as 6 times a day right now because of a change in insulin and the doc is trying to figure it out. fasting BS in morning, optional 10AM test, lunch, optional, but usually necessary 2PM test, dinner test, then bedtime. Glad I use my arm instead of my fingers! As long as your BS isn't all over the board, twice a day seems reasonable.

MewElla 2011-06-21 14:03:39 -0500 Report

I test 3 x a day, more if I am tired, stressed, sick, or if I just feel a little off when I try a different food. I like to stay in tight control of #'s so if anything is up or down I can get it corrected pretty quickly.

RainbowKathy 2011-06-21 13:12:38 -0500 Report

I;ve tested my BS 4-6 times day. Had diabetes over 38 yrs. now. You do get
use to it and it doesn't bother me. Someday I can't get any blood out of my
fingers then get very frustrated about that. Take one day at a time.
Rainbow Kathy

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-21 14:53:07 -0500 Report

RK, try testing your blood just below your elbow. I do maintenance work and due to chemicals and the like cannot use my fingers. Jim

RainbowKathy 2011-06-21 16:36:53 -0500 Report

Thank you for the tip but my meter doesn't have dadget to test on arm, I have
what Medtronic Insulin Pump give me… I'll have to ask my new Doctor next wk.
Nice to meet you Jim

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-06-21 17:34:23 -0500 Report

I use the One Touch Ultra (and a few others) and I can test anywhere with them. The one you use, does it have something to fit over the finfer? My "stabber" is about 3" long by about 3/4". The needle comes out where the pen point would be. You pull back on the trigger, then press the release. I may be heading toward the insulin pump. We will see. Stay healthy

MarkieMarkie 2011-06-21 13:56:53 -0500 Report

I know I do better when I test. Mine has been really good lately compared to what it had been. This website has done wonders for me… Thanks for the information.

ston3xc 2011-06-21 12:41:01 -0500 Report

Before every meal, for me, and every morning before I eat, and every evening before bed. So, that's about 4-5 times a day.

the diabetic camper
the diabetic camper 2011-06-21 12:34:50 -0500 Report

It all depends on your personal situation. I try to test as close to 10 times a day as possible but I am a terrible eater so I have to double check that my carb and bolus calculations are correct. Some people have set food they eat, and set hours they do things and so their routine is so fixed that 2 times a day works for them.

berrykins0 2011-06-21 12:39:31 -0500 Report

sounds like me set food and set hours i mother thinks i'm kinda weird the way i do .things ha does make sense what your saying i never thought of that way.