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

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 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 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: home blood sugar test?

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Using device...: Bought in pharmacies, you stick your finger or forearm with a tiny lancet, put small drop of blood on a strip that you slide into machine, and the machine 'reads' the blood sugar.
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
Endocrinology 52 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.
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

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