There is no point in testing!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-01-07 15:27:02 -0600
Started 2011-01-05 18:14:01 -0600

Now that I have your attention, please read the following information from a brochure published by Nipro Diagnostics, Inc., for a brief explanation of the title statement.

There is no point in testing, (unless you understand the results!)

The more you know about diabetes, the better you will be able to take care of yourself.
As you meet with your diabetes healthcare team, you will work together to determine the
target range for blood glucose levels and how frequently you should monitor. Your target range is individualized based on your type of diabetes, current blood glucose levels and overall treatment plan.

At first it may seem overwhelming to always keep your blood glucose levels in your target range. As you continue monitoring, you will learn to identify patterns in your glucose results and to develop problem solving skills as to why these patterns are occurring.

Remember, the goal of blood glucose monitoring is to have the majority of your blood glucose readings within your target range. This will help to delay or prevent the occurrence of the complications of diabetes.

If you are newly diagnosed and are taking diabetes medications, then your healthcare professional may recommend that you test more frequently so you can evaluate whether your diabetes management is working to normalize your blood glucose levels.
Whether you are monitoring three or four times a day, it is good practice to vary your monitoring schedule. This gives you a more complete picture of your blood glucose levels at different times per day and during different situations.

The more frequently you monitor, the more information you will have to review with your healthcare professional.

Review your log book to identify specific patterns in your blood glucose results.
If you notice a pattern of high or low blood glucose results, discuss these with your healthcare professional. Together, you and your healthcare professional can review your diet, exercise and medication regimen to determine the cause of these high or low glucose results. Illness and stress can affect your blood glucose levels. When documenting your blood glucose results in your log book, make a note if you are sick or feeling stressed. Blood glucose monitoring provides you with useful information to help you feel your best, so you can live a healthy and active lifestyle.

There is no point in testing, (unless you understand the results!)

To find out more about the series of free diabetes information brochures listed below, from Nipro Diagnostics, Inc. call 1.800.342.7226

(High and Low Blood Glucose Levels) and (Medications and Diabetes)

Nipro Diagnostics, Inc.


11 replies

BandonBob 2011-01-07 13:25:22 -0600 Report

Really great info. Thanks. I test daily plus checks after meals but the VA only says I should test twice a week and unfortuately that is all the strips they give me so I need to but the rest myself.

teststrips 2011-01-07 12:13:05 -0600 Report

I meet so many people who are told to test daily but only test once a week.

jayabee52 2011-01-07 14:13:16 -0600 Report

Are you even diabetic?(your profile is silent on that point) If you are, who told you to only test once a week. What has your numbers been running? If you are diabetic and your Dr told you not to test but 1x/week, you should fire him and find someone who takes your diabetes seriously IMO.

PetiePal 2011-01-06 14:29:39 -0600 Report

I've been away for a few months but Mays still has good posts as usual ;)

This rings 100 true. You can test every hour on the hour but it's a waste of time, money and dots of blood unless you know WHAT the correlation is!

jayabee52 2011-01-06 00:31:14 -0600 Report

Thanks, Mays. A good topic, as usual. I will go to the link and check out what is there>

MAYS 2011-01-07 13:19:44 -0600 Report

James, this link to their site has some useful information. and brochures.

jayabee52 2011-01-07 13:37:37 -0600 Report

In my move to Las Vegas, I lost my One Touch meter, so I had bought one of these from Walgreens already. Interesting!

jayabee52 2011-01-07 15:27:02 -0600 Report

Thanks Mays!

I had used the TrueTest meter from Walgreens before I moved to CA. Had to change to One Touch because that's what my (then) new insurance (Kaiser) would cover. When I used the True test before I called their support number and was told they didn't have the software ready yet.

I haven't yet decided which will be my main meter (when I find the One Touch) so I have put off that decision until I get my own place and can unpack everything. Right now I am paying out of pocket for test strips. The TrueTest strips are not as expensive. That's why I picked them, from my previous experience with them. I may keep the True Test as a backup meter because the strips aren't so expensive. Hopefully I will find my One Touch soon, because I really liked that meter too.

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