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On an average day, how many times do you or your child do a fingerstick blood glucose check?

 
 

If you also use a continuous glucose sensor, please report only the number of fingersticks

 
     

10 or more times

 
 

30%

 

27

 
     

9 times

 
 

4%

 

4

 
     

8 times

 
 

14%

 

13

 
     

7 times

 
 

12%

 

11

 
     

6 times

 
 

13%

 

12

 
     

5 times

 
 

13%

 

12

 
     

4 times

 
 

7%

 

7

 
     

3 times

 
 

1%

 

1

 
     

2 times

 
 

1%

 

1

 
     

1 time

 
 

0%

     
     

Less than 1 time

 
 

1%

 

1

 


Total votes: 89

 

On an average day, how many times do you or your child do a blood glucose check?

Poll dates: November 12 - 19, 2014
Total Votes: 89

Glucose data, whether from episodic blood glucose monitoring or continuous glucose sensing, is the only empirical data about our bodies that we can use to manage blood sugars hour-by-hour and day-to-day. The more times you check, therefore, the more data you have to control your diabetes.

Among visitors to Children with Diabetes, the trend over the past several years is towards more frequent monitoring. The graphs below clearly illustrate the shift -- the peak at four checks per day has declined significantly from when we first ran this poll in October 1998. The first graph shows checks through 10+ per day, while the second graph stops at 6+ checks because in earlier years the poll stopped there.

The average number of checks per day has increased from 4.7 in 1998 to 7.4 in 2014, and the number of people reporting checking 10 or more times per day is now 30%, and 48% report checking 8 or more times per day. Of particular note is the dramatic decline in the number of people checking just four times a day or less -- now just 8% compared with 53% when we first ran this poll in October 1998.

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Distribution of Glucose Checks Per Day

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Average Daily Blood Checks Per Day

Why does the number of daily bloog glucose checks matter? Because the more you check, the lower your HbA1c. In a poster presented at the 2011 Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association1, data from the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry clearly illustrated the correlation between frequency of daily glucose monitoring and HbA1c, as shown in the following graphs:

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Mean HbA1c by Frequency of SMBG for All Ages, no CGM

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Mean HbA1c by Frequency of SMBG Stratified by age Group, no CGM

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Mean HbA1c by Frequency of SMBG by Insulin Regimen, no CGM

[ Download the Excel spreadsheet with this poll's data in Excel ]

1 Frequency of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) is Associated with Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Levels in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Enrolled in the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry. Kellee M. Miller, Irl B. Hirsch, Roy W. Beck for the T1D Exchange Clinic Network. View Poster.

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