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For those who do regular nighttime blood glucose tests, who usually does the test?


For parents of children with diabetes














Parents share












We don't do regular nighttime testing






For adults with diabetes


Person with diabetes






Spouse/significant other






Person and spouse share






I don't do regular nighttime testing






For those who do regular nighttime blood glucose tests, who usually does the test?

Poll dates: February 23 - March 2, 2003
Total Votes: 687

Nighttime hypoglycemia is, unfortunately, commonplace. There are many reasons for nighttime lows, from too much insulin to too little of a snack before bed. As summertime approaches, additional exercise can also lead to lows many hours later. A recent study found that use of NPH insulin was tied to an increased risk of hypoglycemia in prepubertal children, especially at night. (See Hypoglycemia Prevalence in Prepubertal Children With Type 1 Diabetes on Standard Insulin Regimen: Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.)

The only way to detect nighttime hypoglycemia is to test in the middle of the night. If you don't do nighttime checks, you may wish to do so once a week to see if you're going low.

If you find that you are going low at night, speak with your diabetes team about making adjustments to your insulin. You may also wish to look into the specialty foods designed to help reduce the risk of nighttime hypoglycemia.

This table shows how people have responded to this poll over the past several years:

Answer   Feb 2003   Apr 2002   Apr 2001
Parents of children with diabetes
Mom   40%   40%   35%
Dad   8%   8%   7%
Parents share   18%   14%   18%
Child   6%   9%   10%
Don't do regular testing   11%   13%   12%
Adults with diabetes
Person with diabetes   11%   8%   10%
Spouse   1%   1%   1%
Person and souse   1%   1%   1%
Don't do regular testing   3%   3%   3%

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