How often should I test my blood glucose?

If you are Type 2 diabetic, Ideally, you should test your blood glucose first thing in the morning and then about two hours after each meal. For many patients, this becomes cumbersome. Pricking your fingers several times a day is no fun. I tell my patients to rotate the timing of testing each day. For example, one day check it in the morning, the next day check it two hours after lunch and the third day, do it two hours after dinner.

The two hours post- meal blood glucose value is particularly important for the following reasons: 

Excerpt from "Take Charge of Your Diabetes."

This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr. Zaidi is a former assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.


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