A day off from bg testing

By Marytea Latest Reply 2011-08-01 17:25:06 -0500
Started 2011-07-17 10:15:35 -0500

I know this has probably been discussed and I can hear a collective groan from most of you, but is it ok to take a day off from testing bg levels? I mean if I pay attention to my food and do my usual walking would it be ok? If I felt a high or low coming on, I would test of course. I would just like to rest on Sunday. I know, I can hear it now "But diabetes doesn't rest." Just had to ask

14 replies

CAGrandma 2011-08-01 17:25:06 -0500 Report

For many with type 2, taking a day off is fine. Are you taking oral medication as well as watching your diet and exercising? Are your numbers pretty much in range? Are you taking insulin (which can dramatically change your numbers in a short amount of time so skipping tests might not be such a good idea)

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-18 18:05:23 -0500 Report

No. You will burn in diabetic hell if you take a day off! I am so bad sometimes I want to look around for an alarm I can set to remind me to test. I test in the AM and PM, but often miss the 6 other times he wants me to test over a month so he can get my insulin adjusted. So, it is alright for me to miss, but not you. I am exempt from diabetic hell…they won't let me in!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-18 17:10:48 -0500 Report

I have forgotten completely a few times recently. I was working a 10 pm to 6 am shift then a 2 pm to 10 pm shift 8 hrs later. Woke up went to work, came home, slept, repeat. Then took my bg and went to record it and had missed a day. I survived but wish I had checked. Have had a few times when the meter surprised me by saying I was High or Low recently. I had not ben able to tell without the test.

Armourer 2011-07-18 03:45:54 -0500 Report

I completely empathize! I've taken not only a day or two, but a month & a year or two also. All seems good till one over medicates and down goes the BG #s. Now I'm back to testing. So my advice is don't do it just to be safe and to have control.

Marytea 2011-07-17 20:00:55 -0500 Report

Your thoughtful advice has convinced me not to take a day off from testing. It is not a good idea and could be a slippery slope to taking off from eating right and exercising. Thank you to everyone who responded.

dfinch 2011-07-17 19:13:44 -0500 Report

If your BG is stable, you might be able to do it. But check with your DR. You don't want to risk not checking it and then having problems. I know I have gone several days without checking mine and I was fine but I am pre-diabetic and my numbers aren't that high most of the time. I am now controlling mine with diet and stayed on my diet when I didn't check them. But probably wasn't a smart move on my part.

Marytea 2011-07-17 14:21:40 -0500 Report

Just want to take a break from the routine

jayabee52 2011-07-17 19:05:09 -0500 Report

It is certainly understandable Mary, you might like to take a break. I think most any person with diabetes feels this way from time to time.

Talk to your Dr and get his/her OK before you do it. And if you do it do it just once and then check the next day how your experement affected your BG numbers.

The thing I worry about, though is your resolve to stay on your eating and exercise plan. You might soon feel like taking a break altogether from having diabetes. That would not be good if you let that happen. It might not happen all at once, but it could be the tip of the camel's nose in the tent.

Blessings to you