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
We still check a couple times a week
We still check every now and then
We get up and check the sensor display and then decide
We rely solely on the sensor alarm and don't get up otherwise
For those who use only blood glucose monitoring
Three or more times per week, but not every night
Once or twice a week
Once or twice a month
Only if the pre-bedtime blood glucose is low or high, or if ill
Total votes: 76
How often do you do a blood glucose check during the middle of the night on your child or yourself?Poll dates: March 18 - 25, 2015
Total Votes: 76
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 33% overall. 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 Dexcom, Medtronic Diabetes, and Abbott Diabetes Care (though not available in the US as of March 2015) have the potential to help enormously with nighttime monitoring by alarming only when blood sugars exceed pre-set boundaries. Parents and caregivers 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:
However, among CGM users, we do see many families reporting that they rely on either the sensor display (35%) or the sensor alarm (19%). 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 2015 Mar 2014 Mar 2013 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 33% 49% 34% 42% 50% 47% 43% 37% 39% 38% 36% 30% 29% 25% 13% Three or more times per week 5% 8% 10% 10% 8% 11% 9% 10% 11% 8% 8% 10% 9% 9% 7% Once or twice a week 1% 1% 4% 4% 6% 2% 6% 4% 6% 7% 6% 8% 7% 9% 5% Once or twice a month 8% 4% 5% 4% 3% 5% 7% 6% 4% 3% 3% 5% 3% 5% 6% Only if low or ill 15% 10% 18% 18% 15% 17% 16% 20% 24% 24% 24% 26% 31% 27% 36% Rarely 7% 11% 7% 7% 7% 7% 9% 10% 11% 13% 13% 12% 11% 13% 20% Never 5% 3% 3% 2% 2% 2% 4% 6% 3% 5% 6% 6% 7% 8% 9%
- Continuous Glucose SensorsNocturnal hypoglycaemias in type 1 diabetic patients: what can we learn with continuous glucose monitoring?
- Awakening from Sleep and Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Free full text available in PDF format.
- Defective awakening response to nocturnal hypoglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Free full text available in HTML and PDF formats.
- Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes: An Assessment of Preventive Bedtime Treatments. Free full text available in PDF format.
- Nocturnal hypoglycaemia in Type 1 diabetic patients, assessed with continuous glucose monitoring: frequency, duration and associations.
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