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Type 1: How many times do you have to test your blood sugar

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Julia McCoulough, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Snapsy

    Snapsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    A GP at my practice once said, when I told her how much I was testing, 'TWELVE times a day? Well you CAN test that often if you like, but only do it on one day a week.' Hmmmmm. And be completely clueless for the remaining six days?!

    That was about the time I stopped taking her advice on my (excellent) diabetes control. I have several more decades of experience and expertise in my own condition and its treatment then she does, because my diabetes is mine.

    Now I have a Freestyle Libre for all my 'reassurance' testing in between times, I will do a fingerprick test:
    On waking
    Before taking any insulin, be it for a meal or a snack
    Before driving
    If I don't feel 'right'
    Before exercising
    After exercising
    20 mins after a hypo as a matter of course

    Absolute minimum 3 times a day, often 10. And on top of this I scan my sensor an average of 16 times a day (down from 88 times a day when I first got the Libre!).

    We're all different, but the main thing to remember is that testing is an excellent self-management tool, with the emphasis on self. In the old days when I was diagnosed (1980s) there was no such thing as being able (allowed, in my case!) to tweak doses of insulin according to blood glucose measurements. The numbers that I religiously logged on a daily basis seemed therefore pointless and futile.

    These days, having done a DAFNE course and additionally educated myself as much as possible about diabetes management, I can tweak to my heart's content. But I'm only able to do this effectively when - and because - I test often.

    :)
     
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  2. Wurst

    Wurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The minimum I can get away with is 5 tests per day. I get 6 strips per day on prescription so I save one per day for emergencies. Typically in the week I keep to certain routine and 5 strips is more than enough.

    When things are going wrong i.e.illness or infection or laziness or just plain crazy blood sugars, I can test 12 - 15 times per day.
     
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  3. slip

    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    As a T1D receiving testing strips on prescription you should not be restricted to a set number of testing strips by anyone.
     
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  4. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You have been very helpful
     
  5. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hospital clinic
     
  6. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm using humlin insulin yes I was told
     
  7. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    No the hospital clinic
     
  8. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you
     
  9. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Quite surprised by that Julia, usually DSN are very encouraging when it comes to regular bg testing.
     
  10. catapillar

    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Is that a mixed insulin, so you are on fixed dishes twice a day rather than MDI?

    You keep saying you were told ... It is your diabetes, it is you who decides how to treat it and how often to test. If you are content testing twice a day and when necessary to drive. Great. But if you are making those decisions I would recommend learning a bit more about your diabetes. Think like a pancreas is a great book that covers the basics.

    What prompted you to ask the question about how often everyone else tests? Were you unhappy with the advice you had recieved? Did you think you were testing too little, too often?
     
  11. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    About 4 to 7/8 times a day, depending on what I am doing and the previous bs, twice a day is not enough Julia.
     
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  12. Bassiette

    Bassiette Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    2 or 3 times always high now it's 400 so i took 40 iu from mixtard
     
  13. shivles

    shivles · Well-Known Member

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    I test my daughter minimum 8 times a day but usually around 14 times, more if we get unexpected readings or she's more active, ill etc
     
  14. Kristin251

    Kristin251 LADA · Expert

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    Fasting as soon as I get up 7-8 am
    11-12 ( I tend to rise most after BF)
    Before lunch at 3
    Before dinner 6:30
    Before bed
    5 times minimum and then any time I feel wonky.
     
  15. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    So I'm I it could be because my blood sugar levels were better
     
  16. Diamattic

    Diamattic Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I test as many as I feel I need to. With a minimum being 3 or 4 times each day (which is very rare) and no maximum lol

    Typically its on waking,
    before and after any time i eat anything,
    whenever i exercise (before and after),
    whenever i feel 'strange',
    whenever I am curious and want to know what my levels are,
    before long drives,
    before longer meetings at work,
    before site visits at work,
    after I am unexpectedly physical (usually at work),
    and then before bed...

    oh, and whenever I feel high or low.. and then like every 15 minutes until I am back into the normal range lol

    I do all of these tests while wearing my dexcom lol Which is just there to keep my mind at ease between finger picks. So far this system is working great lol

    So the short answer is anywhere between 4 -15 times each day it seems
     
  17. Banktramp

    Banktramp Type 1 · Active Member

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    I am still on lantus 26 units a day split into 2 injections of 13.

    I test on average 8-12 times per day and have only seen my DSN once in the past 6 months.
     
  18. Gaz-M

    Gaz-M Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    10 - 15 times a day I get 250 strips a month
     
  19. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    But to maintain your improved bg levels you need to test regularly, if you get the chance to speak with your Consultant ask them what they think of your DSN's advice to test only twice a day.
     
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  20. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes I will because I go to the hospital in January so I'll ask then
     
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