Benefits of testing daily?

By Ambree Latest Reply 2013-03-15 21:56:41 -0500
Started 2013-03-12 18:42:19 -0500

I am not consistent. I don't check my blood sugar . Why do I have to do it 3 times a day? What can it tell me?

14 replies

Gwen214 2013-03-15 21:56:41 -0500 Report

I don't understand? Are you a diabetic? How can you tell how well you're doing? Checking your blood sugar helps you. Do you know complications start if your blood sugar is over 140?

Set apart
Set apart 2013-03-15 05:00:39 -0500 Report

I test at least five times a day, and used to do more. Now that I am on a CGM it also monitors my BG readings, so if I am rising I know I need a little more insulin, same thing for lows. Testing is what helps me decide what needs to be done, and what I can eat. Please take care of yourself, for me having diabetes is scary and I don't want any complications. We test to live, to be healthy!

MoeGig 2013-03-13 17:15:30 -0500 Report

If you're Type 2, you may not have to test so often. The key is to know what you blood sugar is. If your A1c is 6 or less, you're fine. If it's more than that, you probably won't be around long. Obviously, we all wish you well.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-13 13:40:15 -0500 Report

Well if you want to live a healthier life, not lose limbs, have kidney problems, vision problems (diabetes can cause you to go blind) more importantly, if you don't want to be carried in a box by 6 of your closest friends or have your urn carried by your best friend you will test as often as necessary. I only have to test once a day but I do it more than once if I feel or think my blood glucose is running high or low. This helps me get it back under control and not end up in the back of the ambulance taking me to the ER.

Diabetes isn't a game we play because we are bored out of our minds. It is a disease that has to be taken seriously if you want to live a fruitful life. When you see your doctor and he/she asks for your log book and see that you don't test as you should, what are you going to say? Testing lets you know how you well controlled you are. So please test as you should.

Nick1962 2013-03-13 12:50:18 -0500 Report

Testing a lot up front means you may not have to test later. I tested up 12 times a day to find the right foods and food combinations to bring my condition under control. My A1c for the past 3 years (diagnosed for 7 now) has been under 6 and my doctor says I don’t have to test anymore provided I follow my diet (but I still do). My last A1c was 4.9. You can’t fight a battled without knowing who the enemies are.

littlesnowangel 2013-03-13 07:33:50 -0500 Report

I found out on Feb 20th 2013 i test 6 times a day and I've learned so much when to eat and not to eat exercise i have never had glasses in my life and not I'm waiting for my glasses to come in it happened over night from good eyes to Blurry eyes i thought i was going blind please take care of your self !

jayabee52 2013-03-12 22:43:05 -0500 Report

Howdy Ambree,

Why do you have to test 3 times a day? Unless you are under parental authority YOU DON'T HAVE TO TEST AT ALL (at 50 you're way past that)!

Nobody can MAKE you do ANYTHING you don't want to! Then you can come and join me in the dialysis clinic when your kidneys develop End stage Renal failure.

You can also not like to stand and walk because your feet burn from neropathy pain. You can choke and puke when that neuropathy damages the nerves controlling your stomach and gives you gastroparesis.

However, IF you want good or even great control of your Blood Glucose (BG) levels and avoid many of the myriad complications of diabetes, then you'd be happy to test a minimum of 3 times per day.

The testing can tell you how well you are contolling your diabetes and how far from developing or advancing the complications which have already surfaced.

It is up to you: do you want to have good control of your disbetes, or do you want it to control you?

James Baker

(latest A1c is 5.5)

manapua72 2013-03-12 21:21:06 -0500 Report

On average I test 6 times a day … Sometimes less and sometimes more … In my past I didn't test often , and @ times didn't test @ all … This had led to complications due to long term high blood sugars … My diabetes is much better controlled now , I have regrets of not taking this affliction more seriously when I first found out … I say test test test learn learn learn and PLEASE take care of yourself … You don't want complications due to diabetes …

davidhogan 2013-03-12 18:50:13 -0500 Report

Almost anything that can be measured can be acted upon. Everything from knowing what type of foods spike you the worst, correcting as necessary, and further keeping things under control to avoiding insulin where possible which puts those of us on it, testing a lot more than 3 times a day. Hope that offers some perspective.

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