Do all people with diabetes need to test their blood daily?

A common question that often arises amongst people who have been diagnosed with diabetes or who suspect they may have diabetes, is whether or not they need to test their blood on a daily basis. This is an understandable question because a lot of people are worried that they may have to test their blood on a near constant basis, which needless to say, may have an impact on one's quality of life.

Here's the reality. If you're a newly diagnosed diabetic, there's a reasonable chance your doctor will ask you to test your blood glucose levels after every meal, and before bedtime and that's at a bare minimum. The reason why your doctor will want you to test your blood sugar levels more frequently is so that an effective treatment plan can be tailored to your specific needs.

However, once you have a better understanding of what specific foods trigger spikes in your blood sugar level, and what types of activities actually help regulate the amount of blood sugar you have, the need for frequent testing will diminish.

It's not unusual for people to still test their blood at least once a day, usually before bedtime, but you have to understand that the process of testing your blood to measure the amount of sugar that is in it doesn't actually have to be an ordeal. Some people are under the mistaken assumption that the type of blood test we're talking about is the equivalent of getting several vials of blood removed from a vein, or something equally onerous like that. Nothing could be further from the truth.

At worst, the overwhelming majority of blood testing kits require nothing more than a minor pinprick. This means that you can quickly and easily test your blood to see how much sugar is in it at any given time, and it really doesn't require a lot of special skill or training.

Something to keep in mind is the fact that diabetes, specifically type II diabetes, can be completely reversed within 30 days with proper nutrition and exercise. You don't have to live the rest of your life constantly pricking your finger, or constantly taking prescription drugs to help you regulate the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. However, you will need to make a decision to take control of your future by getting serious about your overall health and wellness.

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