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.
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.