How Frequently Should Blood Sugar Level be Checked?
For those suffering from the serious complications of diabetes, it is very important that their blood sugar levels be checked every now and then. This is because there are many possible conditions that may worsen if the patient’s glucose levels shoot up or go down dramatically without being detected immediately. Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia can result in organ damage and organ failure when not given proper medical attention. These conditions can also trigger other diabetic complications that may cause further pain to the patient. However, the question is, how often is often? How frequently should the patient’s blood sugar level be checked?
Most physicians would say that the more often the blood glucose is checked, the better. However, it is still safer to go to the patient’s physician and ask personally, what he or she would suggest. The physician should be able to provide a recommended schedule or specific times on a particular day when the patient should check the amount of sugar in his or her blood stream. The diabetic individual must be able to form a routine of sorts so that checking his or her glucose levels will become a daily habit and to avoid instances wherein the patient will neglect this procedure in case he or she has other mental problems. Sometimes, doctors would tell patients of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (type 2) to have their blood sugar measured once or twice a day. This may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient, or whenever is most comfortable for them. Some prefer to check it two hours after mealtime or between the morning and before dinnertime. Those people who are on an insulin treatment need to have themselves checked approximately four times a day or more than that. This is to monitor if the drug was effective enough or if the body is not responding to the insulin shot administered to the patient.
By checking how high or low the blood sugar level is in an individual with diabetes, it will be a lot easier for doctors to pinpoint if the treatment is just right for the patient. If the blood sugar level is still too high, then the medication might not be that effective. On the other hand, if the blood glucose level drops suddenly, then perhaps, the drug was too powerful for the patient and the diabetic might suffer from other consequences of over-dosage of such treatments. The sugar level may also be checked up on waking up and before bedtime. There are also activities that may raise or lower blood sugar levels. It is always important that such be noted down so that the caregiver will be alerted as to what types of activities the patient should be encouraged to do and what they should not be encouraged to do.
The results of each test should be plotted down or noted every time so that the patient, for instance, will have a clear record as to which times their blood sugar is raised or to know what types of foods help normalize their glucose levels.
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