Is it advisable to check my blood sugars even though my doctor has never told me to? My A1c is 6.6, and my doctor checks it every 6 months.

Patty Bonsignore


This is an interesting question. Some doctors believe it is not necessary to check blood glucose levels at home if the A1C is in target range (which yours is). However, at Joslin Diabetes Center, we believe it is important that anyone and everyone with diabetes have a blood glucose meter at home and know how to use it. There are many reasons for this, but two of the main ones that diabetes can change over time and checking blood glucose helps identify these changes early, and that checking provides immediate information about the effect eating, activity, illness and medicine have on blood glucose levels. Unlike the A1C that provides an average, blood glucose monitoring at home provides the immediate details that are essential in controlling blood glucose levels.

3 replies

lorider70 2013-03-13 12:53:18 -0500 Report

My last fasting BS taken by the doctor was 110, last a1c was 6.8. I just got a free meter and have used it a couple of times 2 hours after a meal and got 293, and 260. the 260 was 2 hours after a breakfast of oatmeal, a piece of toast with butter and jelly, small glass of orange juice, 3 strips of bacon, and a small glass of milk. the 260 sounds kind of high to me; but I'm not real sure. Suggestions??

Anonymous 2012-11-01 09:32:26 -0500 Report

My A1C is 6.3. However, my daily blood sugars have been anywhere from 32 to 458. My endocrinologist is now recommending a pump.

Every diabetic should be testing daily!

OlgitaBonita 2012-09-05 11:14:58 -0500 Report

I guess your sugars are not that bad thats the reason your doctor doesnt ask you to check them. Great topic…