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    Gretchen Becker: Is Blood Glucose Testing Worthwhile?

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    Gretchen Becker: Is Blood Glucose Testing Worthwhile?

    Post by graham64 on Wed Jun 21 2017, 22:03

    Here we go again: Another study claiming that self-monitoring of blood glucose levels (SMBG) doesn’t help patients with type 2 diabetes. You can see the full text here.

    Some previous studies have claimed the same thing, and some even claimed harm from SMBG, namely increased rates of depression or decreased “quality of life,” although others claimed benefit.  Most informed patients agree that in order to be effective, patients must be trained in how to interpret the results and take action as a result. If you eat doughnuts and see a high number on your meter after a couple of hours, don’t eat doughnuts. Just measuring without using the results to take some kind of action is, most agree, pretty useless and a waste of money.

    The authors of the recent study agree: “. . . for SMBG to be an effective self-management tool in non–insulin-treated T2DM, the patient and physician must actively engage in performing, interpreting, and acting on the SMBG values.”

    More here: https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/is-blood-glucose-testing-worthwhile-434259/


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    Re: Gretchen Becker: Is Blood Glucose Testing Worthwhile?

    Post by chris c on Thu Jun 22 2017, 20:45

    What I find totally annoying is that Test Test Test has been around for over 15 years now and invariably works, especially on the ADA Forum where there have been some spectacular success stories, and yet despite being asked no-one has or I suspect will ever do an RCT, least of all the ADA themselves.

    IMO the only thing better for control than monitoring peak postprandial glucose would be monitoring insulin, and how likely is that?

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