Tracking Diabetes: When To Check Your Blood Glucose
No two people with diabetes are exactly alike. For that reason, there is no absolute rule for when to check blood glucose. Together, you and your diabetes care team will work out a schedule that's best for you.
The goal of checking is to be sure your blood glucose is within healthy ranges (sometimes called "blood glucose target ranges") throughout the day.
The table below shows some common times for checking blood glucose levels, together with blood glucose target ranges for those times. You should discuss your unique blood glucose target ranges with your diabetes care team, because your target ranges could be different from those shown in this table.
|WHEN TO CHECK||TARGET BLOOD
GLUCOSE RANGES (mg/dl)
|When you get up
(on an empty stomach)
|Two hours after
the start of meals
|Less than 180|
|3 a.m.||Greater than 70|
Check Anytime You Feel Ill
Even a minor illness like a cold or flu can affect your blood glucose levels. If you are sick, you'll probably need to check your glucose levels between three and five times a day, or even more.