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Sun Jul 21 18:09:56 UTC 2013

If I go to my primary care physician, is it alright to ask a nurse to check my blood sugar?
Asked By: babyd2012  

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Type 2 diabetic for 3 years. I am out of test strips and have an appointment with a new internal medicine doctor for a diabetes follow up. I'm not sure if they will test my blood sugar....
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Expert Answers (1)
2013-10-11 23:05:17.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Patients routinely have their blood glucose checked at “point of care” in the doctor’s office or clinic. You can also compare the readings with your own meter at the same time. For accuracy, our clinic blood glucose meter is designed so that it must be calibrated before it can be used each day.

Accurate blood glucose readings require a proper functioning meter. Take good care of it. Dropping the meter or exposing it to extreme temperatures may affect its accuracy. Regularly use the control solution to check if the meter is properly functioning. People with diabetes who frequently use their meter replace it about every two years.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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Community Answers (5)
2013-09-14 14:44:42.0

Your blood sugar will be checked at the office if they know that you have diabetes or if you ask. You need to plan for your regular checks by having your own strips and meter.
Answered By: trudycox

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2013-08-20 15:13:12.0

I believe the other correspondents have answered your question well. I just wanted to say how important it is to be able to test at home. If it's just a matter of not wanting to go to the drug store, do it. If it's a matter of money, tell your doctor. He can give you one of his samples until you get things in order.. Some else said to ask the drug companies for a better deal. Whatever you do, begin testing again at home. You are not saving money if you are going to be sick because of it.
Answered By: marilynnes

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2013-08-09 11:07:00.0

I wonder why you don't have any test strips... If it is expense, you might contact the manufacturer of your monitor, and ask if they have any discount programs... Also, you might check out the cost of other brands of strips, and get the meter which corresponds to the least expensive strips... You might also check to see if your insurance company will cover any of the expense....
Answered By: lhgage

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2013-08-03 19:25:56.0

It is okay to ask, but normally Blood Glucose checks are not done in a doctor's office. It is combined with labs the doctor orders. The only monitors they have are "samples" given out by the monitor company to give to their newly diagnosed patients. The supplies for checking a blood glucose level may not be available or be out of date. Also, different monitors give different readings. Best to get a reading from your home monitor.
Answered By: princessfiona60

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2013-07-26 16:26:25.0

My Dr. office will check blood sugar but be aware, they charge a fair amount to do it, they billed my insurance for it but I still had a co pay to pay. Wish you had test strips as it is so important to know how your blood sugar is doing throughout the day.
Answered By: ebrown

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