family history question

nurse8809External User
How often do you check your  blood sugar when you have a history on both sides of the family but are  not currently diabetic
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for abnormal blood glucose in adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese, and repeating testing every 3 years if results are normal. Persons with family history of diabetes or other risk factors should be considered for earlier and more frequent screening.

The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for type 2 diabetes at 3-year intervals beginning at age 45, or earlier if major risk factors such as family history of diabetes.
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kweaver59External User
Twice a day
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231441 tn?1333892766
Agree with Ken_PA.  Testing from time to time.  Occassionally test fasting.  Ideally it will be 95 or less.  Occassionally test 2 hours after eating, it should be less than 120 - 140, though less than 100 is totally normal.

You could also do annual hba1c blood tests.  Completely normal is less than 5.  5.7 will get you diagnosed as prediabetic, and 6.5 or so will get you diagnosed as diabetic.
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1081992 tn?1389903637
Hi, you're not testing fasted, are you?

"Postprandial hyperglycemia is also one of the earliest abnormalities of glucose homeostasis associated with type 2 diabetes"

So test 1-2 hours after a meal. As a pure guess, I'd think that once a month is sufficient - unless you change your diet or activity or other risk factors.
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Or if you are really worried, then postprandial insulin testing is better yet, though that is not an inexpensive DIY:
"Postprandial insulin assay as the earliest biomarker for diagnosing pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes and increased cardiovascular risk"  2017
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