One of the questions we get most often by newly diagnosed diabetics, is how often should you check your blood sugar? Unfortunately there is no right answer to that question, as everyones situation is different. Your doctor will be able to tell you for sure how often should you check your blood sugar levels. There are, however, a few pointers we can give that apply for everyone.
At the beginning, you need to check your blood sugar levels before and after any exercise. Exercise affects peoples blood sugar levels in many ways, and until you know how it affects you, you should always do a check before and after.
If you dont do a good job of monitoring your carb intake, then you should check your levels after you eat. Carbs can significantly increase your blood sugar levels for hours after eating since they are converted to sugar, which cant be broken down in your system.
- Check your blood sugar levels after any stressful situations.
- Make sure you keep an eye on your levels after you begin any new medications to see how they affect those levels. Your doctor will want to know.
- If you become pregnant, you should check more often.
- If you get sick with other illnesses, you should check more often.
- If you see your face get really hot or flushed without much physical exertion, you should give your levels a check, as it could be a sign of something seriously wrong.
So Whats The Answer?
The answer to the question is that you should check your blood sugar levels often. Some people do it twice a day, some do it twice a week. If youre newly diagnosed, you should check your blood sugar levels more often until you know how certain things affect those levels. Once youre comfortable with how your body reacts to certain things, you can start to check less often.
If you dont think youre checking often enough, or that youre checking too often, you should consult your doctor. They will be able to guide you and tell you how often they think you should check your blood sugar levels.
As a general rule, most online experts will tell you that you should check before meals and two hours after each meal and at bedtime, especially during the time immediately following your diagnosis.