When Should Blood Sugar Be Tested?

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Monitoring Your Own Glucose Levels

You measure your glucose levels through a finger-prick test. You should have been shown how to do this when you were told that you had gestational diabetes. You will also have discussed the ideal blood glucose levels for you during your pregnancy. The ideal target glucose levels are below but your team may have talked to you about your individual target level: fasting: 5.3 mmol/litre 1 hour after meals: 7.8 mmol/litre 2 hours after meals: 6.4 mmol/litre. How to monitor your blood glucose levels Watch this film from Diabetes UK or read the instructions below. To monitor your glucose, you will be given a blood glucose monitor. This is designed for you to measure your own blood glucose levels at home, or wherever you happen to be, by checking a drop of your blood. You produce the blood by using a finger pricker. There is less sensation in the sides of your fingers than the tips or the underneath. Try to prick the side of your finger, near the tip. To monitor your glucose, you will be given a blood glucose monitor. This is designed for you to measure your own blood glucose levels at home, or wherever you happen to be, by checking a drop of your blood. You produce the blood by using a f Continue reading >>

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  1. caragypsy

    How many times a day do you test your blood sugar levels?

    My GP told me to only test in the morning before eating. I've read here that most of you test many times a day.
    Can someone tell me why this is.

  2. doublecbob

    I am prescribed 300 test strips per month. I try to have tight control of my Type 2.
    My fear is that at the end of 2018 I plan on retiring and am not willing to give up my testing routine. I wonder what type of supplemental insurance I am going to need. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  3. Type1Lou

    Once you become eligible for Medicare, Medicare dictates how frequently they allow you to test your BG"s. They allow 1 strip/day for non-insulin dependent diabetics and 3 strips/day for those using insulin. Any use in excess of this must be supported by doctor's case notes proving the "medical necessity" for more frequent testing. I've been fighting with Medicare for several years to get approval for the 8 strips/day I use. Prior to Medicare I had no problem getting/using that amount. There are some lower-cost test strip alternatives out there if you find you'll need to pay out-of-pocket for them. Walmart's Relion is one I hear of often.

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