Once Daily Blood Testing Schedule

By MrsKarlaD Latest Reply 2014-03-30 23:23:14 -0500
Started 2014-03-29 21:37:33 -0500

My husband and I are both diabetic. I test 3 times daily because I take insulin. However, my husband is not on insulin, so insurance will only allow him to test once a day. Can anyone give me a good staggered testing schedule for once daily testing? Thanks!

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Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-30 23:23:14 -0500 Report

I also like Jayabee's suggestion. He and Glucerna have given me some great ideas and tips. I hope their suggestions help you and your husband also.

Glucerna 2014-03-30 16:07:07 -0500 Report

I like James' suggestions for a testing schedule. That gives good baseline information to decide if there's a certain time of day that you want to focus on. Or if your husband does something different - exercises, goes out to eat, or just wants to see how a specific meal affects his BG levels, he can test at that time of day. Did his physician recommend a certain time of day to test? ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-03-29 22:25:03 -0500 Report

Howdy MrsKarla

Is your hubby good with only once a day, or does he want to test more to take better contol? If he is having high Blood Glucose (BG) readings, especially fasting readings, perhaps Dr could press the ins co to pay for more strips.

If you are not severely pressed for money you could purchase a reli-on meter from Wal mart for less than $20 and about $9 for 50 strips. That would bypass the artificial limitation by the ins co, and the strips would be less expensive than in come cases the co-pay for the big name brand stips.

IMHO the ins co's. who limit strips like this are "penny wise but pound foolish" They pinch pennies on strips but when the limiting of testing supplies develops into a diabetes complication, then they will have to pay big bucks to help a patient so stricken because of their strip frugality.

If however you choose to abide by the ins co's insanity you could test somewhat like this: Sunday AM: Fasting morning,. Monday test 2 hrs after you eat your first bite of breakfast, Tuesday, test after lunch 2 hrs after you eat your first bite Wednesday, test after evening meal, 2 hrs after you eat your first bite. Thursday just before he goes to bed, Then on Friday the cycle resets with taking the fasting reading just after he gets up (That BG reading will give him info on whether or not he should take steps to combat the dawn phenemenon - which is whole other topic)

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Harlen 2014-03-29 22:14:06 -0500 Report

If your Doc give you a prescription for testing more then one time a day they will cover your strips

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-29 22:01:27 -0500 Report

Who do you need it for, you or your husband? As a T2, I only have to test once a day or every other day. Before you go to once a day testing he should check with his doctor. If the doctor says he has to test 3 times a day then you may have to purchase test strips out of pocket or if you can change insurance companies.

Not one person on this site can tell him when to test once a day. The best thing for him to do is test if he feels high or low. Only he knows when he is feeling high or low and only he can determine when he needs to test. I test either in the morning or evening and the time doesn't matter to me.

I don't let insurance companies control my testing I also don't let my doctor write prescriptions for my test strips. I prefer to buy them and that allows me to test as often as I feel the need. I go to Wal-Mart and buy 100 strips and buy them every 100 days or longer if I test every other day. My last A1C was 6.0 and this is why I can test once a day or every other day.