Q. Being a type 2 diabetic, how often should I check my blood sugar?

Answered by
Dr. Shazli Naseer
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 25, 2019 and last reviewed on: Sep 16, 2020

Hello doctor,

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. My fasting glucose was 108, and my A1C was 6.6 %. I was not put on medication yet but instead will work on my weight, exercise, and diet over the next three months before my next visit to see if I can prevent getting worse. I am 6'1," and 285 lbs. I am mostly sedentary but will be introducing an elliptical workout every other day for about 20 to 30 minutes a time.

I purchased an diabetes monitoring system, but need to know how often and when I should check my blood sugar and what should my target ranges be? I need to know what my daily gram and carbohydrate intake should be. Or, even better, what should my percentages be based on my 1,790 caloric daily intake of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Currently, they are based on the ADA recommendations.

Carbohydrates 40 % / 179 g, protein 35 % / 157 g and fat 25 % / 50 g. I also have high blood pressure. I am on 100 mg Losartan, and my reading today was 117/84/77 bpm. Kindly help.

Dr. Shazli Naseer



Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have provided good necessary information to start. My strategy as a diabetes specialist, I like to do very detail analysis to make a customized approach for each patient.

1. Based on the information, you provided, you should be on medication from my experience, like low dose Metformin 500 mg twice daily with meals, or Metformin 500 mg. Extended-release once daily. While you work on diet and exercise, this is help also prevent complication from diabetes. Metformin will help you lose weight too. Metformin also improves your insulin work better for you for better and quick control of blood sugar.

2. You can check blood sugar three times weekly, at different times. E.g., one-day fasting (before breakfast, second-day post-lunch, and third day at bedtime. (2 hours post-dinner). Keep diary readings. However, you prefer to see the trend of your blood sugar. Normal range fasting in the morning 90 to 120. Post-meal 120-140 average is good.

I recommend a high protein, low carbohydrate diet for you. You are in more top weight category so surely gradually need to lose weight, do not attempt instant aggressive weight loss you will end up injuring yourself and will regain weight too. I would keep carbohydrates less than 140 grams for a day overall. 1800 calorie diet max will be fine for you if you wish to lose weight then 1500 calories.

3. You are more than welcome to request detail 30 minutes to 1-hour consult as well, I go into much detail to have full analysis, and I address all potential complications and nutrition and medicines.

Was this answer helpful?


Related Questions:
Will my kidney stone escalate my issues of high BP and diabetes?
Kindly explain if chewing nicotine gums increase blood sugar levels in a diabetic.
Please help me lower my blood sugar levels.

This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Consult by PhoneConsult by Phone Video ChatVideo Chat
Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers

Is it fine to eat carbohydrates within 40 minutes after taking a GH shot?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it fine to eat carbohydrate and sugar within 40 minutes of growth hormone injection? Because, it is believed that after injecting growth hormone, a person should wait for at least 40 minutes to eat carbohydrate or sugar. Please explain.  Read Full »

Is low dose of human growth hormone a cause for type 2 diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have prediabetes (5.8 fasting blood glucose). Can low doses of human growth hormone used for bodybuilding lead to type 2 diabetes? My mother has type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Read Full »

Is there anything to worry about raising blood sugar levels?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandfather aged 79 years has diabetes for past 22 years. He has been on medication since then. He has other parameters normal but his sugar levels are quite high for some time. Before three months, the fasting blood glucose level was 116 mg/dl and postprandial blood glucose level ...  Read Full »

Also Read

Holiday Season During the Pandemic
Most of us wonder if there is a way to celebrate the holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic safely. Here are some i...  Read more»
What should I take to relieve Flagyl induced constipation?
Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female. I am trying to overcome constipation caused by the Flagyl antibiotic, and I do...  Read more»
How long should my dad continue the same dosage of medicines after a stent surgery?
Hello doctor, My father had a heart stent operation six months ago. Doctor prescribed some medicines, and still, he is u...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Diabetologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: All health Q&As published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.