Patients who self-monitored their blood glucose had mean HbA1c levels of only 7.7% compared with 8.0% in a control group despite using fewer glucose test strips, a Structured Testing Program study found. The study looked at people with type 2 diabetes who did not take insulin. The study group was asked to check their blood sugar seven times a day for three straight days each quarter within two weeks of meeting with their health care providers. The findings suggest that the quality, not the quantity, of independent blood glucose monitoring may improve diabetes management for some patients, a researcher said.
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