How often diabetics should test their blood sugar depends on three factors: your medication, your physician, and you!
The American Diabetes Association recommends testing your blood glucose levels at least three times per day if you need many daily insulin injections. But for others with type 2 diabetes, testing with Bayer Contour Test Strips frequently should depend on the needs and goals of the diabetic.
That means that frequent testing with Bayer Contour is clearly for some people with type 2 diabetes, but there is still some room for others.
How often you test depends on many other factors, such as:
Medication: Some classes of oral drugs can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, so you may need to test with Bayer Contour more often. Generally, anyone who takes insulin should test several times a day as well as individuals who take sulfonylureas or meglitinides.
Changes: If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, started on a new medication, added a new type of food, or recently changed some other factor (for example, you have gained or lost weight, or are exercising more or less often), then you should test with Bayer Contour more frequently.
Blood sugar at diagnosis: People who have high blood-sugar levels when they’re diagnosed will need to test more often as well. According to the American Diabetes Association, your blood-sugar level before a meal should be in the range of 70 mg/dL to 130 mg/dL, and after a meal it should be less than 180 mg/dL.
History of blood-sugar control: The American Diabetes Association recommends that patients who are meeting treatment goals get hemoglobin A1C tests twice a year at their doctor’s office. For patients whose therapy has changed or who are not meeting treatment goals, the ADA recommends hemoglobin A1C testing four times a year. If the hemoglobin A1C test result is less than 7%, suggesting relatively good long-term blood-sugar control, you may be able to test your blood sugar less often (if you’re not on insulin). Many doctors recommend testing twice a day at varying times, such as before and after breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or at bedtime.
What you can afford: You can usually get a blood glucose monitor free or insurance may even cover it. It is the Bayer Contour test strips that can be expensive, but NOT with us. We actually carry the lowest Bayer Contour prices in the country, so browse our online Bayer Contour store and start saving right now!
Don’t deceive yourself by taking more care with exercise, diet, and medication on the day you’re going to do all the Bayer Contour monitoring. For example, if you go out to dinner for your anniversary and have a piece of cake, that’s a great day to check blood sugar with Bayer Contour to see how much you can get away with.