Self testing means that you check your blood sugar at home yourself. A device called a glucometer can give you an accurate blood sugar reading. You may test yourself when you wake up, before meals, and at bedtime.

-  If you have type 2 diabetes, you only need to check your blood sugar once or twice a day.

-  If your blood sugar levels are under control, you may only need to check it a few times a week.However,you may need to test more often when you are sick or under stress.

-  If you have type 1 you should check more often (fasting, before meals and 1-2 hours after every meal, and when symptoms of hypo or hyperglycemia are felt).

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