Checking blood sugar is an important part of diabetes management. But how often to do so is a good question. In this context, I am talking about type 2 diabetes. Ever since I was first diagnosed, I was instructed to check it once a day, first thing in the morning. As of now, I am not on insulin or any diabetic meds and am hoping this would last forever. Am not a big fan of any meds.
The answer depends on who you ask. There are several message boards where posters will tell you to do this after each meal; the time frame varies anywhere between half an hour to a couple hours. ADA in its wisdom, recommends to check BG before meals or 2 hours after. Diabetes Management site states that the count of time should start at the beginning of a meal. Oh well.
Anyway, I am not doing this (checking BG after meals). No thanks, not me. I am not going to do this every so often. Methinks it makes no sense, considering that sugar intake isn’t the only cause of elevated BG. Lots of other factors play in as well, such as lack of sleep, being sick or in pain, activity level, an occasional bad strip, change in weather or just because. Moreover, I am not going to double- or triple- check my BG level with different meters; I don’t even own different meters. I think this is an overkill and totally unnecessary.
It makes me wonder who invented the concept of checking postprandial (after meals) BG; big pharma is my best guess. Of course it would be more than happy to sell you more & more strips and pens. If big pharma had to rely on me, they’d go belly up.
Back in the day when I worked in a hospital, we only checked BG before meals, even in the Intensive Care Unit. The only instance when we did check a postprandial BG was if a patient was running low (below 70), we would give them a cup of orange juice and re-check BG about half an hour later.
I am usually checking my fasting BG in the morning, once a day, and even then, not every day. What matters is A1C showing the average BG for the last three months. My last A1C was 6.0, an improvement from 6.2 three months prior.
I want to add that some folks don’t check their BG at all because they don’t like needles or fingersticks. So they rely on how their neuropathy feels. Although I don’t feel this way, I can’t blame them.
My $0.02. Your mileage may vary; this is my mileage