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How many times a day do you need to test your glucose levels?

Blood glucose levels should be very important to a person with diabetes. High or low blood glucose levels can cause serious complications, so it’s vital to know why testing your glucose levels is important. It’s also important to know how many times a day you need to test your glucose levels. It’s great that you found this article because we are going to answer these questions! The amount of times you need to test your glucose levels depends on which type of diabetes you have.

Type 1 Diabetes

With type 1 diabetes, your body produces little to no insulin. This means that your blood glucose levels will be directly affected by your food and insulin intake. Most people with type 1 diabetes are recommended by their doctors to test their blood glucose levels three or more times a day. Usually, they will test their levels before and after food and insulin consumption, before and after exercising, and sometimes during the night. Most medicine contains glucose, so if you are sick, you may need to check your glucose levels more often.

Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike someone with type 1 diabetes, a person with type 2 diabetes actually produces insulin, but his or her body either can’t use the insulin or does not make enough of it. Doctors usually recommend that people with type 2 diabetes test their blood glucose levels one or more times a day. The amount of times you test your blood glucose levels depends greatly on the seriousness of your diabetes with type 2 especially.

2 Responses to “How many times a day do you need to test your glucose levels?”

  1. Georgie Schneider says:

    Why are my sugers so o
    High in the morning on insulin

    • Connor says:

      Hello Georgie,
      When your body wakes up, it releases hormones that may make your body’s insulin less effective. Meanwhile, your liver releases too much glucose over night. This may result in high blood glucose levels between 3:00 and 6:00 AM. Try to avoid eating snacks late at night right before you go to bed, and maybe try to cut down the carbohydrates you eat at dinner if possible. Check with a health care professional in order to make sure there is not an issue with any medication you are taking!

      Connor Panting

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