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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  
  31%     39  
      9 times  
  2%     2  
      8 times  
  18%     23  
      7 times  
  9%     11  
      6 times  
  18%     22  
      5 times  
  8%     10  
      4 times  
  10%     12  
      3 times  
  4%     5  
      2 times  
  1%      1  
      1 time  
  0%      0  
      Less than 1 time  
  0%      0  

Total votes: 125
 

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

Poll dates: November 14 - 21, 2012
Total Votes: 125

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 7.3, and the number of people reporting checking 10 or more times per day is now 31%, and 51% report checking 8 or more times per day. Three fourths of people (78%) report checking six times a day or more. 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

Why does the number of daily bloog glucose checks matter? Because the more you check, the lower your HbA1c. In a poster presented at the 2011 Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association1, data from the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry clearly illustrated the correlation between frequency of daily glucose monitoring and HbA1c, as shown in the following graphs:

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Mean HbA1c by Frequency of SMBG for All Ages, no CGM

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Mean HbA1c by Frequency of SMBG Stratified by age Group, no CGM

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Mean HbA1c by Frequency of SMBG by Insulin Regimen, no CGM

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

Checks per Day   Nov 2012 Nov 2011 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   31%   22%   24%   22%   21%   18%   15%   14%   12%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Nine   2%   3%   4%   4%   5%   4%   3%   4%   2%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Eight   18%   19%   15%   18%   16%   12%   16%   12%   11%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Eight or more   51%   44%   43%   44%   42%   34%   34%   30%   25%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Seven   9%   12%   10%   6%   9%   12%   10%   10%   8%   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a
Six or more   78%   72%   68%   67%   66%   47%   44%   40%   33%   36%   29%   18%   16%
Six   18%   16%   15%   17%   15%   17%   18%   16%   17%   16%   13%   12%   12%
Five   8%   10%   12%   15%   13%   15%   14%   15%   18%   16%   18%   20%   16%
Four   10%   11%   10%   10%   11%   10%   11%   15%   15%   21%   25%   34%   41%
Three   4%   3%   2%   2%   2%   3%   3%   4%   5%   4%   4%   7%   6%
Two   1%   1%   3%   1%   1%   1%   1%   2%   2%   1%   4%   3%   4%
One   0%   0%   1%   1%   1%   1%   3%   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%
Less than one   0%   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%   1%   2%   4%   1%   1%   2%   1%

[ Download the Excel spreadsheet with this poll's data in Excel 2010 format ]

1 Frequency of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) is Associated with Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Levels in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Enrolled in the T1D Exchange Clinic Registry. Kellee M. Miller, Irl B. Hirsch, Roy W. Beck for the T1D Exchange Clinic Network. View Poster.

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