How often do you do a blood test during the middle of the night on your child or yourself?
Three or more times per week, but not everynight
Once or twice a week
Once or twice a month
Only if the pre-bedtime blood sugar is low or high, or if ill
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%
- Nocturnal Hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes: An Assessment of Preventive Bedtime Treatments. Free full text available in PDF format.
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