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How often do you do a blood test during the middle of the night on your child or yourself?

 
     

Every night

 
 

38%

 

  272

 
     

Three or more times per week, but not everynight

 
 

8%

 

  60

 
     

Once or twice a week

 
 

7%

 

  50

 
     

Once or twice a month

 
 

3%

 

  23

 
     

Only if the pre-bedtime blood sugar is low or high, or if ill

 
 

24%

 

  174

 
     

Rarely

 
 

13%

 

  94

 
     

Never

 
 

5%

 

  40

 


Total votes: 713

 

How often do you do a blood test during the middle of the night on your child or yourself?

Poll dates: March 26 - April 2, 2006
Total Votes: 713

Research has shown that many people with diabetes have nighttime hypoglycemia and don't know it. Blood tests 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 38%, an increase of just under 300%. The number checking each night has leveled off to just over one-third. 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, such as the Medtronic Guardian RT, DexCon STS, and Abbott Navigator, have the potential to help enormously with nighttime monitoring by alarming only when blood sugars exceed pre-set boundaries. Parents who are now checking every night are definitely looking forward to reliable, accurate continuous sensing.

Answer   Mar 2006   Apr 2005   Feb 2004   Feb 2003   Dec 2001   Jan 1999
Every night   38%   36%   30%   29%   25%   13%
Three or more times per week   8%   8%   10%   9%   9%   7%
Once or twice a week   7%   6%   8%   7%   9%   5%
Once or twice a month   3%   3%   5%   3%   5%   6%
Only if low or ill   24%   24%   26%   31%   27%   36%
Rarely   13%   13%   12%   11%   13%   20%
Never   5%   6%   6%   7%   8%   9%

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