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At what age did you or your child start doing unassisted blood glucose tests?

      Under 3  
  4%   (34)  
      3 to 5  
  21%   (157)  
      6 to 8  
  35%   (258)  
      9 to 11  
  25%   (187)  
      12 or over  
  12%   (90)  

At what age did you or your child start doing unassisted blood glucose tests?

Poll dates: October 17 - 24, 1999
Total Votes: 726

Blood glucose meters have become easier and easier to use in recent years. Gone are the days of wiping test strips and two minute waits. New meters take tiny drops of blood, and some even suck the blood into the test strip. As a result, children with diabetes are able to test themselves, often at very young ages. One-fourth of respondents report testing on their own at age five or younger, with a total of 60% testing on their own at age eight or younger.

Research has also shown that parental involvement in diabetes care, especially into the teenage years, yields better blood sugar control. See Behavioral and Psychosocial Research With School-Aged Children With Type 1 Diabetes by Barbara J. Anderson, PhD, and Lori M.B. Laffel, MD, MPH.

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