More Fingersticks?

Have you ever seen the fingers of a person with diabetes? Mine don’t actually look like that because I manage my condition with medication rather than with insulin and I don’t have to prick my dedos very often. Now the question is, why would I want to prick my fingers more often? I won’t lie to you, one gets used to the lancet, but it hurts (ask my husband). I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like for people who have to check often.

However, I’ve been thinking if it’s right for me to test my blood sugars only 2-3 a week. I think I’d feel more comfortable with once a day, so I can test every day at a different time to actually have a good idea of how my pancreas/liver/cells combo reacts to what I eat, my activity levels, etc. Is that unreasonable? While the medical community agrees that people who don’t use insulin don’t need to test daily, I’m just not sure it helps in the long run.

Sure, we non-insulin peeps don’t have to deal with that many lows, and the A1C may give us a decent idea of how our blood sugars have been, but an average doesn’t really tell you about day to day levels. What if you’re sick? What if you ate something you thought wouldn’t raise your levels, but it actually did? How do you know what is your bad time of the day? If I go by symptoms, that doesn’t help because sometimes I don’t even feel like my levels are high unless I’m super jittery and that’s because the level is really high.

I guess I better talk about this post with my endocrinologist when I go see him next week. I want to have a better understanding of how my body works and I think keeping more records about my blood sugar levels will help.

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4 thoughts on “More Fingersticks?

  1. I’m glad to see you thinking this way. It makes me insane when I hear that doctors are telling T2s that they don’t need to check very often. I also wrote a blog post about this subject a while back. I usually test 2 times a day but sometimes as much as 4!! I want PWD T2 to be able to test as often as they’d like so they can get a better handle on their condition and how to manage it. Thanks for posting this!!

  2. I’m a long time T2 and I’m trying to lower my A1c (the last one was 7.7 after a rather difficult period of burnout) and I test 3-4 times a day and I often feel that isn’t enough. I’m trying to learn how everything I do, feel and eat effects my BG and how else to do that but test.

  3. Honestly, I hate the thought of anyone with any type of diabetes being told they can test only once a day or less. Like you said, how can you know if a food causes a spike if you don’t have the tools you need to measure your blood sugar before and after you ate it???

  4. I have type 1 diabetes and I feel most comfortable when I test 7 times a day, even though my docs and nurses keep telling me that 4-5 times a day should be fine since my blood sugar levels have been looking pretty good. I’ll take “days off” where I’ll only check 4 times to give myself and my fingers a break, but I do what is most comfortable for me. Right now, that means testing more.

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