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For those who do regular nighttime blood glucose tests, who usually does the test?

 
 

For parents of children with diabetes

 
     

Mom

 
 

35%

 

270

 
     

Dad

 
 

7%

 

55

 
     

Parents share

 
 

18%

 

142

 
     

Child

 
 

10%

 

79

 
     

We don't do regular nighttime testing

 
 

12%

 

96

 
 

For adults with diabetes

 
     

Person with diabetes

 
 

10%

 

80

 
     

Spouse/significant other

 
 

1%

 

10

 
     

Person and spouse share

 
 

1%

 

1

 
     

I don't do regular nighttime testing

 
 

3%

 

25

 
 

For those who do regular nighttime blood glucose tests, who usually does the test?

Poll dates: April 8 - 15, 2001
Total Votes: 758

Nighttime hypoglycemia is, unfortunately, commonplace. In a recent study of the new insulin Lantus in Type 2 patients, 24% of patients using NPH had nighttime hypoglycemia. There are many reasons for nighttime lows, from too much insulin to too little of a snack before bed. As summertime approaches, additional exercise can also lead to lows many hours later.

The only way to detect nighttime hypoglycemia is to test in the middle of the night. If you don't do nighttime checks, you may wish to do so once a week to see if you're going low.

If you find that you are going low at night, speak with your diabetes team about making adjustments to your insulin. You may also wish to look into the specialty foods designed to help reduce the risk of nighttime hypoglycemia.

For additional information, see the Hypoglycemia questions from the Diabetes Team and Night Hypos from the December 1998 issue of Diabetes Forecast.

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