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When to Test

Why get tested for diabetes
Ask your healthcare team when it is best to check your blood glucose and how often you should test.
The best times to check are before each meal and before bedtime snack. It is also helpful to check blood glucose 2-4 hours after a meal to see the effect of food on your glucose levels.
There are times when you will want to check your blood glucose more often than usual. For example::

• During periods of stress, illness or surgery
• When you are pregnant
• When low blood glucose is suspected
• When blood glucose levels are erratic
• When there are changes made in your treatment program, such as a change in medication doses, meal plan or activity

• When taking new medications, like steroids







Source: BIONIME Suggestion & Joslin Diabetes Center available at