How Often Should Someone With Diabetes Test Their Sugar Levels?

How Often Should Someone With Diabetes Test Their Sugar Levels?

Patients with diabetes should be advised by their doctor on how often they must test their blood sugar levels, according to Mayo Clinic. Patients with type 1 diabetes may need to test their blood four to eight times per day, while type 2 diabetics may only require two times.

Patients with type 1 diabetes may have to test their blood sugar levels each time they eat a meal or a snack, each time they exercise, whenever they go to sleep at night and periodically throughout the night, states Mayo Clinic. Patients with type 2 diabetes who manage their disease with insulin may need to test their blood sugar levels before they eat and before they go to bed at night.