When Do You Test Blood Sugar?


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Blood sugar testing is done throughout the day according to the type of diabetes being treated and the treatment plan itself, according to Mayo Clinic. Type 1 diabetics generally test more frequently than Type 2 diabetics.

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Type 1 diabetics may test three or more times a day. First thing in the morning; before and after meals; before and after exercise; before bed; and occasionally during the night are common testing times, explains Mayo Clinic. Type 2 diabetics on insulin may test up to three times a day, depending on how many insulin doses are taken. Those who control their diabetes with oral medication or diet and exercise alone may not need to test daily at all. Those who test regularly may use the same schedule as a Type 1 diabetic.

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