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  How often do you do a blood glucose check during the middle of the night on your child or yourself?  
  For those who use a continuous sensor  
      We still check every night  
  10%     18  
      We still check a couple times a week  
  2%     4  
      We still check every now and then  
  1%      1  
      We get up and check the sensor display and then decide  
  10%     18  
      We rely soley on the sensor alarm and don't get up otherwise  
  3%     5  
  For those who use only blood glucose monitoring  
      Every night  
  32%     60  
      Three or more times per week, but not everynight  
  8%     15  
      Once or twice a week  
  4%     7  
      Once or twice a month  
  4%     7  
      Only if the pre-bedtime blood glucose is low or high, or if ill  
  18%     33  
      Rarely  
  7%     13  
      Never  
  2%     4  

Total votes: 185
 

How often do you do a blood glucose check during the middle of the night on your child or yourself?

Poll dates: March 21 - 28, 2012
Total Votes: 185

Research has shown that many people with diabetes have nighttime hypoglycemia and don't know it. Blood glucose checks during the night can detect nighttime hypoglycemia or patterns of low blood sugars and help you take appropriate action to reduce the risk.

Since we first ran this poll in January 1999, we've seen a significant change in the number of people who report testing every night, with the number growing from 13% to 42% overall, down from last year. Over half (56% overall, 48% of CGM users, 59% of non-CGM users) report checking at least once or twice a week. People who report testing only if low or ill, or testing rarely, both dropped too. These changes make it clear that more and more people are aware of the risk of nighttime hypoglycemia and are taking action -- by checking blood sugars -- to help prevent it.

Continuous sensing technology from Medtronic Diabetes, DexCom, and Abbott Diabetes Care (though not available in the US as of March 2012) have the potential to help enormously with nighttime monitoring by alarming only when blood sugars exceed pre-set boundaries. Parents who are now checking every night are definitely looking forward to reliable, accurate continuous sensing.

This poll separated CGM users from those using only blood glucose monitoring to try to get a sense for whether families were relying on CGM alarms at night. By separating the results and analyzing within group, we see that CGM users are still checking blood glucose levels at night, but not as often as those who don't have a CGM:

Graph of Nighttime Monitoring Among CGM Users - click for larger image

Graph of Nighttime Monitoring Among Non-CGM Users - click for larger image

However, among CGM users, we do see many families reporting that they rely on either the sensor display (19%) or the sensor alarm (18%). We are hopeful that as CGM technology continues to improve and become more widespread, families of children with diabetes may be able to look forward to being able to sleep through the night more often while still ensuring that their children's blood glucose levels are being monitored.

Answer (combining all results)   Mar 2012   Mar 2011   Mar 2010   Mar 2009   Mar 2008   Mar 2007   Mar 2006   Apr 2005   Feb 2004   Feb 2003   Dec 2001   Jan 1999
Every night   42%   50%   47%   43%   37%   39%   38%   36%   30%   29%   25%   13%
Three or more times per week   10%   8%   11%   9%   10%   11%   8%   8%   10%   9%   9%   7%
Once or twice a week   4%   6%   2%   6%   4%   6%   7%   6%   8%   7%   9%   5%
Once or twice a month   4%   3%   5%   7%   6%   4%   3%   3%   5%   3%   5%   6%
Only if low or ill   18%   15%   17%   16%   20%   24%   24%   24%   26%   31%   27%   36%
Rarely   7%   7%   7%   9%   10%   11%   13%   13%   12%   11%   13%   20%
Never   2%   2%   2%   4%   6%   3%   5%   6%   6%   7%   8%   9%

You may download the Excel spreadsheet with this week's poll data and graphs in Excel 2010 format.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 28, 2012 13:15:52
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