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A 39-year-old member asked:

How often should a diabetic do a ?home blood sugar test?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 43 years experience
The more the better: Ideally minimum 4x per day: before breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime and 2 hrs after having a heavy meal. With control over a period of time regimen might be modified. The more intense your therapy the more you will be asked to test. The more information, the more efficent desicion making.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: Diabetes is a broad label for problems of varying intensities. An unstable type one that has frequent hospitalizations needs frequent tests while an type 2 adult may get away with fewer. This is best worked out with your healthcare provider/treatment team who knows your case.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

I tested my bs after eating with a home blood sugar test and it was 168 is that ok?

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Dr. Robert Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 53 years experience
Depends: If the test was 2 hours or more after eating that is too high and may indicate diabetes or prediabetes. Do not test the blood sugar sooner than 2 hours after a meal. See your doctor for a hemoglobin A1c test which measures the blood star over the past 2 months. This is a good indicator of your blood sugar status.
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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
It should be < 140 2 hours after a meal but that's on a blood test, not the home meter test. See your doctor to have confirmatory blood tests.
Apr 25, 2012
Last updated Jun 24, 2017

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