How often should you check for diabetes?

It requires adequate monitoring to have correct information about the blood sugar levels. Checking for variations in blood sugar helps to take rapid measures before facing some serious problems. The people who are at risk of developing diabetes, like those with a strong family history and overweight individuals, are often confused about checking for their diabetes. They don’t really know the exact schedule for sugar testing. Their doctor may recommend a very strict schedule that may be hard to follow. And some people keep procrastinating when it comes to checking for their diabetes and may not go for it even once in a while.

It must be understood that there is no definite answer to this question. It depends on the advice of your healthcare team and your own routine schedule. There is no point in pricking your finger again and again if you don’t really need it. The need of testing for diabetes varies according to different case scenarios. There are some important factors that should be taken into consideration to make a schedule for diabetes testing.

Your current glucose level is the most important factor to decide the future plans. If a person has got an impaired glycemic control and is labeled as pre-diabetic; there is no better option than regular monitoring now. As mild increase in glucose during earlier stages of diabetes does not cause significant signs and symptoms, therefore testing is the only way to know about the probable onset of diabetes. Regular testing has a great benefit for the patient as earlier interventions yield more effective results and give better control over blood sugar. Pre-diabetics needs to check their diabetes on daily basis at least. It is recommended to perform a test after each meal to check for variations in glucose levels.

The risk groups for developing people such as those who are obese or have got a strong family history of diabetes need a different schedule. They don’t need a frequent testing. Some healthcare physicians advise them a weekly schedule to follow.  However, studies have shown that frequent testing will have a negative impact on their thinking and it will do no good to them. People fear about the results often so it is not advisable for them to follow a weekly schedule. Monthly testing will do the work for them. Again, it also depends on the thinking of the person. If he/she feels more comfortable with frequent testing and it gives him/her relief by knowing the glucose status then weekly schedule is best for such people.

Individuals who get diagnosed with diabetes need to follow a strict, regular and frequent checking routine. If they change their diet or drug regimen, it can cause sudden hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia so testing should be done. Diabetics are advised to buy some testing equipment to test the blood when needed.  People taking insulin are needed to test their glucose several times a day to avoid hypoglycemia. This is even important during the first few days on insulin intake as the patient is not optimized to the insulin doses yet.





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