By Trekie Latest Reply 2010-04-06 23:21:27 -0500
Started 2010-04-03 21:40:22 -0500

Does anyone have any idea why a doctor has a problem with my testing my blood sugars 4x a day.

6 replies

Zimoss 2010-04-06 23:21:27 -0500 Report

unfortunately your doctor may not have a choice here… there really is no MEDICAL need for you to test more often than 2-3 times per day.

As you yourself stated "I am not on meds, so I monitor what foods affect my levels. I was told because I'm not on meds I don't need to monitor 4x per day."

Per insurance guidelines and several recent studies that have come out, testing several times per day when you ARE NOT on a med that can cause low blood sugar or insulin - MOST people don't need the extra testing. Since insurance companies are all about profit, they may be limiting you regardless of what your doctor says.

that being said I think if your doctor will not support you in your desire to have a more complete picture of your blood sugar results… it may indeed be time to find another doctor.

I hope that solves your problem and that the issue is not an insurance issue.

GabbyPA 2010-04-05 14:19:37 -0500 Report

I have the same issue with my doctor. In this case, I don't listen to him. he only wants a fasting and a bedtime. My body does a lot in-between. If I only test two times a day, I have no clue what is going on. The fact that I can often drop a huge amount between breakfast and lunch would never be found if I did it his way. So in this case, do what you know you need. You will be glad you did, and maybe show in your log book to your doctor why you test so often. Maybe he will change his tune.

Crashnot 2010-04-04 18:09:44 -0500 Report

Your doctor has no clue how to manage diabetes, find a new one. To really get a handle on it, you need to test before (fasting) and after (about 2 hours) each meal to learn how foods are effecting your blood sugar levels. Then you can determine what foods are easiest for you to metabolize, and if you need to add exercise or perhaps medications to your healthcare regime.

Two tests a day will not accomplish any of that.

kdroberts 2010-04-04 09:45:54 -0500 Report

A lot of doctors think that way. Tell them why you want to test more and they will usually help you out.

Harlen 2010-04-03 21:50:05 -0500 Report

It may be your insurance comp that has the problum and they tell him what you can have thats the only thing I can think of.
Best wishes

Trekie 2010-04-03 23:19:52 -0500 Report

Hi Harlen

My insurance co tells me that I am covered for 120 strips per month and they don't know why the drs. have a problem with this. Every dr. that I have seen tells me that it is not necessary for me to test that much. My dr. put in a script at WalMart for 2x a day testing and I went to see her today for a rewrite and she said she didn't care what my insurance co said, it wasn't necessary and told me I could find a new dr. of course that is what I'm going to do. I just don't understand why the drs. have an issue with this. I am not on meds, so I monitor what foods affect my levels. I was told because I'm not on meds I don't need to monitor 4x per day.