How often should I check my sugar levels?

Woman checking blood sugar levels

Regularly monitoring blood sugar levels at home offers a thorough insight into one’s health.

Monitoring your blood sugar levels at home at given intervals provides an insight to help determine if you are at a risk of developing any potential diseases associated with diabetes in the near future.

Type 2 diabetes is closely associated with a dangerous risk of coronary heart disease. It arises from dyslipidemia that develops in type 2 diabetes. Diabetic dyslipidemia is characterized by a decrease in HDL cholesterol levels and increase in triglyceride levels.

Regularly keeping a check on blood sugar levels reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

Your diabetes doctor will instruct you as to how often you should check your blood sugar levels –

Type 1 diabetes

Your diabetes doctor may want you to check your blood sugar levels about 4-10 times a day. A test before every meal, before bedtime, before and after exercise, and whenever you fall ill. If need be, your medication will be changed and so will your daily routine.

Type 2 diabetes

If you are on insulin, multiple daily injections mean strictly checking your blood sugar levels before meals and bedtime. If you are on non-insulin medication, or put on a certain diet and medication to control diabetes, then you may be required to test your blood sugar a few times a week. If you are on long-acting insulin, then you should test your blood sugar levels before breakfast and dinner.

By regularly testing your blood sugar levels, you will be able to understand:

  • When you are reaching your overall treatment goals
  • How the diabetes diet and exercise affects your blood sugar levels
  • How stress or illness affect your blood sugar levels
  • You will be well able to monitor the effects of medication for your blood sugar levels
  • You will be able to identify the blood sugar levels that are low or high

Living with diabetes is challenging. You are constantly required to monitor your blood sugar levels to make sure they are under control and follow a healthy diet.

Connect with our experts at Apollo Sugar to know more about the regular intervals of keeping a check on your blood sugar levels. Our experts will help you with your plan as everyone diabetes treatment plan varies.