For those who do regular nighttime blood glucose tests, who usually does the test?
For parents of children with diabetes
We don't do regular nighttime testing
For adults with diabetes
Person with diabetes
Person and spouse share
I don't do regular nighttime testing
For those who do regular nighttime blood glucose tests, who usually does the test?Poll dates: February 23 - March 2, 2003
Total Votes: 687
Nighttime hypoglycemia is, unfortunately, commonplace. 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. A recent study found that use of NPH insulin was tied to an increased risk of hypoglycemia in prepubertal children, especially at night. (See Hypoglycemia Prevalence in Prepubertal Children With Type 1 Diabetes on Standard Insulin Regimen: Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.)
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.
This table shows how people have responded to this poll over the past several years:
Answer Feb 2003 Apr 2002 Apr 2001 Parents of children with diabetes Mom 40% 40% 35% Dad 8% 8% 7% Parents share 18% 14% 18% Child 6% 9% 10% Don't do regular testing 11% 13% 12% Adults with diabetes Person with diabetes 11% 8% 10% Spouse 1% 1% 1% Person and souse 1% 1% 1% Don't do regular testing 3% 3% 3%
Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 15:37:21
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