Typically a person with diabetes, and depending on the severity of the disease, should sample his or her glucose level at least twice a day. And that is the minimum. Typically it is done 3 to 5 times a day—once when you get up, once after breakfast, once after lunch, and once after dinner, and finally once before bedtime. The more often you monitor your readings, the better control you have on the disease. However, the more you monitor, the more painful the process can be for many people with diabetes. Remember you are sticking a needle in your finger to draw blood and there is always going to be pain associated with this approach. And one of the big issues related to diabetes control is that many people, because of the pain, will not sample themselves the number of times they should in order to control their diabetes. Then after getting a blood sample, and depending on the glucose reading, a person would inject insulin, if needed. And this can occur after each glucose reading.
Was this article helpful?