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Self-Monitoring Blood Sugar for Type 2 Patients with Diabetes not on Insulin

Testing blood sugar at home using test strips and a metre is common practice for people with type 2 diabetes.

It can help you:

But most people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin don’t need to regularly self-test their blood sugar. Here’s why:

If you have type 2 diabetes and are not on insulin, self-testing offers little benefit.
New Canadian and international research shows that most people with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin don’t need to regularly self-test their blood sugar. This is because self-testing does not improve their blood sugar control or quality of life in a significant way.

So, if you manage your diabetes by diet alone or with medications other that insulin, you can self-test less often without harming your health.

Self-monitoring can be stressful.Routine self-testing can create stress or anxiety for those who may monitor their blood sugar levels constantly. There are other everyday activities you should focus on to improve overall health. Some examples of these activities can be found on page 2 in the green box.

Are there times when I should test more often?
If you’re not using insulin to manage your type 2 diabetes, you don’t need to test your blood sugar regularly. There are, however, important times you may want to test more often.

For example:

In these types of situations, be sure to talk to your health care provider about when and how often you should be testing your blood sugar.

Testing for a Reason
When you do self-test your blood sugar, make sure to take action based on the result. In other words, test for a reason! Talk with your health care provider to decide what to do if your blood sugar is too high or too low.

What Else Can I Do?

Here are some activities you can do to stay healthy and prevent complications: