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  On an average day, how many times do you or your child do a fingerstick blood glucose check?  
  If you also use a continuous sensor, please report only the number of fingerstick checks  
      10 or more times  
  22%     56  
      9 times  
  3%     8  
      8 times  
  19%     47  
      7 times  
  12%     31  
      6 times  
  16%     41  
      5 times  
  10%     25  
      4 times  
  11%     27  
      3 times  
  3%     7  
      2 times  
  1%     3  
      1 time  
  0%      1  
      Less than 1 time  
  1%     3  

Total votes: 249
 

On an average day, how many times do you or your child do a blood glucose check?

Poll dates: November 17 - 24, 2010
Total Votes: 249

Glucose data, whether from episodic blood glucose monitoring or continuous glucose sensing, is the only empirical data about our bodies that we can use to manage blood sugars hour-by-hour and day-to-day. The more times you check, therefore, the more data you have to control your diabetes.

Among visitors to Children with Diabetes, the trend over the past several years is towards more frequent monitoring. The graphs below clearly illustrate the shift -- the peak at four checks per day has declined significantly from when we first ran this poll in October 1998. The first graph shows checks through 10+ per day, while the second graph stops at 6+ checks because in earlier years the poll stopped there.

The average number of checks per day has increased from 4.7 to 7.1, and the number of people reporting checking 10 or more times per day is now 22%, and 44% report checking 8 or more times per day. Of particular note is the dramatic decline in the number of people checking just four times a day or less -- now just 15% compared with 53% when we first ran this poll in October 1998.

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Up to 10+ Checks Per Day

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Up to 6+ Checks Per Day

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Average Daily Blood Checks Per Day

This table summarizes results of this poll question from the past twelve years:

Checks per Day   Nov 2010 Nov 2009 Nov 2008 Nov 2006 Nov 2005 Oct 2004 Nov 2003 Sep 2002 Sep 2001 Jun 2000 Oct 1998
Ten or more   22%   24%   22%   18%   15%   14%   12%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Nine   3%   4%   4%   4%   3%   4%   2%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Eight   19%   15%   18%   12%   16%   12%   11%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Eight or more   44%   43%   44%   34%   34%   30%   25%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Seven   12%   10%   6%   12%   10%   10%   8%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Six or more   72%   68%   67%   47%   44%   40%   33%   36%   29%   18%   16%
Six   16%   15%   17%   17%   18%   16%   17%   16%   13%   12%   12%
Five   10%   12%   15%   15%   14%   15%   18%   16%   18%   20%   16%
Four   11%   10%   10%   10%   11%   15%   15%   21%   25%   34%   41%
Three   3%   2%   2%   3%   3%   4%   5%   4%   4%   7%   6%
Two   1%   3%   1%   1%   1%   2%   2%   1%   4%   3%   4%
One   0%   1%   1%   1%   3%   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%
Less than one   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%   2%   4%   1%   1%   2%   1%

[ Download the Excel spreadsheet with this poll's data in Excel 2007+ format ]

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