Posted: 02/01/2010 http://cme.medscape.com/viewarticle/715358?src=0_mp_cmenl_0&uac=3536BN
How frequently and at what times should BG be monitored?
|Response from Louis Kuritzky, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor Division of Medicine Department of Community Health & Family Medicine University of Florida Gainesville, Florida
The American Association of Diabetes Educators recommends that all patients should be encouraged to self-monitor blood glucose (BG), regardless of whether they are being treated with insulin or oral agents. The American Diabetes Association recommends that patients with type 2 diabetes who are taking multiple insulin injections should monitor BG at least 3 times per day, but they also note that the optimum frequency for self-monitoring is not clear for patients taking oral drugs or less frequent insulin injections. Others have suggested that patients taking insulin should self-monitor BG at least 4 times a day, before meals and bedtime; and that patients with type 2 diabetes should check their BG at least 4 times per week (twice fasting and twice after meals).