checking blood sugars

lori jo
By lori jo Latest Reply 2012-01-20 19:03:37 -0600
Started 2011-12-02 12:41:36 -0600

I do not check my blood sugars at all . my doctor told me that it was not necessary becaus eevery 6mths all seem to be working order . whats ur opinion Thanks

29 replies

sonas 2011-12-06 05:44:07 -0600 Report

it is tempting to not bother with BG readings daily esp if i feel well other patients say any figure can be written in a book
but the HBA1C is the real guide

jayabee52 2011-12-07 00:50:07 -0600 Report

Yes, Brendan, the A1c could trip up someone who fudges their daily BG numbers, but that does not mean that we should not test at least 3 times daily.

Otherwise if we were serious about managing our BG levels without those tests we'd be (as someone else further down said) we'd be "flying blind". We may not be as good as a broken clock, which is at least right twice a day.

lifedriver 2011-12-04 20:27:48 -0600 Report

If your Doctor is telling you not to check your BG then there is a problem unless you are not Diabetic. Are you Diabetic? If so are you a 1 or 2. I think you need a to talk with your doctor this is the first time I have heard of this…LIVE

Young1s 2011-12-04 08:41:02 -0600 Report

I think by now you probably see a reoccurring theme in the our replies. Why do you think that is? Your doctor is gambling with Your life, not his. I am shocked that this person is even allowed to practice medicine. You need to get as far away from that quack as soon as possible before something bad happens to you. Then get yourself a meter, some strips and test, test, test. You DO NOT want to be flying blind when it comes to this disease. The consequences of that are too great. I am glad that you found DC and posted this question because it scares me to think of the course of your life, had you not come here. Please, I strongly urge you to heed our warnings before it is too late.

Jan8 2011-12-04 08:06:08 -0600 Report

The first thing my endocrinologist did was give me a monitor. How else can you tell whatyour blood glucose is doing?

MattyF 2011-12-04 05:56:46 -0600 Report

If you are a diabetic (your profile doesn't say), then your doctor is not helping you. If you're not a diabetic, then why would you ask this question? Also, your profile says you're a medical professional (radiology). You must have opportunities to speak with doctors all the time. What do the other doctors think?

pixsidust 2011-12-04 00:31:04 -0600 Report

Do not be afraid to trade in this lemon. You do not have to have loyalty to a doctor. You pay and insurance pays for you to get care. This is bad advice and bad care. If he is this lax about this one thing what are the other things he just plain misses. Check out your local hospital and find out from the people who teach the Diabetic classes who they think is good and knowledgeable in the area of diabetes. You need to know what foods affect you and testing is the way to know!

Caroltoo 2011-12-04 08:58:59 -0600 Report

Pixsi: that is a very good suggestion about how to find a doctor who is really knowledgeable about diabetes. Good thought!

watson4042 2011-12-03 22:07:09 -0600 Report

since i only found out first of november i'm testing like crazy before and after any meal in an effort to control my diet and learn what i can/cannot eat.

kdroberts 2011-12-03 07:00:18 -0600 Report

Let me ask you this, was your lunch yesterday friendly to your diabetes or not? Without testing you will never know. Next, ask your doctor this. What's the standard deviation of my blood sugar. Without testing he can't tell you. While an A1c every 6 months is OK, the standard deviation is a large part of how complications develop or don't develop.

annesmith 2011-12-03 00:15:05 -0600 Report

Your doctor is way wrong!! Get a new doctor. I quite taking mine after a nurse gave me the strong impression I only needed to take it, or that it was okay to take it only once every 3 weeks..she was wrong. You can have an A1c of 6.0, but you can also have extreme highs and lows the entire time that A1c is only a 6.0. So, for example, one day you might have a high of 300, then it might drop down 2 hours later to 70, so, it is very very tricky. I found out the hard way. I had several lows and got the shakes real bad one time when I had a " perfect" A1c of 5.9——yet, the doctor I saw then just looked at that number only, said everything was perfect…it wasn't…good luck!!!!!!!—-ANNE

digitaldoorbell 2011-12-02 23:41:57 -0600 Report

You need a different doctor. This is your health and your life. The potential or actual risk is too great to risk and the cost is minimal; a few test strips and a few drops of blood.

Please get another medical opinion.

George1947 2011-12-02 17:15:06 -0600 Report

Ok, lets pretend… you're on the road, and you want to go to a place you've never been… are you going to take a map or a GPS device? If not you're likely to get lost. Now, as far as I'm concerned, being a diabetic (or pre-D) and not testing is the same ikind of thing, you're driving blind…

annesmith 2011-12-03 00:17:29 -0600 Report

This is an outstanding analogy!!!! I mean, you just helped me tremendously, as , I never fully looked at it that way. I'll never forget that analogy, and will get back on the wagon to taking mine EVERY day. I usually only take mine about twice a week—that's bad…thank you again!!!!!——ANNE

jayabee52 2011-12-02 15:13:54 -0600 Report

Howdy Lori Jo. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

What caroltoo shared with you below is what I would tell you too. Except if you are on any glucose lowering meds, (like Metformin) and Dr does not have you check your Blood Glucose (BG) readings a minimum of 3 times a day (like carol said) Upon arising from bed, 2 hrs after you take your first bite of your meal, and then just before retiring for the night. It would be good to write those numbers down in a log book or spreadsheet so you have it to show to your Dr.

If you are on glucose lowering medication and Dr did not instruct you to test your BG levels on a daily basis, in my humble opinion Dr is gambling with your life. Should you go low you could be in big trouble. (especially if Dr didn't tell you about lows and how to correct them)

If you have more questions,Just ask! The only stupid question on DC is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

Blessings to you and yours


Caroltoo 2011-12-02 15:41:42 -0600 Report

Another point in question is the medical standard of care. If you are diabetic (full blown), your doctor should be asking you to see him every quarter. I don't know what the standard is for Pre-D and would assume that's where the six months is coming from.

jayabee52 2011-12-02 16:05:54 -0600 Report

Sometimes I suspect that Drs do this to Pre D patients so they won't take care of themselves as they need to do to avoid full blown D and the patient slips over into full blown D and then their patients need them more and they get kickbacks for the Rxs they write. ( I DO have a cynical streak )

MattyF 2011-12-04 06:25:59 -0600 Report

There's a whole school of thought that suspects that they even have the cure for Diabetes but won't release it because drug companies, and endocrinologists everywhere would go broke.

Young1s 2011-12-02 16:10:02 -0600 Report

Nothing cynical about that at all. Don't get me started, cause I beleive the docs and the drug companies are in the funeral business. If you know what I mean.

Caroltoo 2011-12-02 13:32:01 -0600 Report

Personally, I would be concerned because it would mean you have no knowledge of how your body is responding to food, exercise, stress, etc.

If you are pre-D and doing well, I would think a check when awakening and one two-hours after any meal (rotate through them cause most of us eat different things for breakfast, than for lunch or dinner) would be enough to verify your status. Then the doc's 6 month checks would confirm what you already know.

There is a lot you can do to improve your situation between those 6 month check-ups, if you have the more specific information which you would get from daily BG tests.

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