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Old 01-24-2012, 20:14   #1
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I found this article which made me mad as Hades and thought some of you might find it interesting too.


Health Behavior News Service - For Diabetics Not on Insulin, Self-Monitoring Blood Sugar Has No Benefit
Release Date: January 19, 2012

I'm hoping this is okay to post!




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Information is only as good as what you do with it. If you do nothing with the information you have that information is useless.

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The comments I read (didn't read all of them) were universally critical of the results of the study and made some very good points, such as doctors actually reading the test results patients brought in, and using them to educate the patients further in how to improve them.

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I can see where the researchers would claim that there was no benefit to testing. After all, most docs tell us that two tests per week is adequate....what can we really do with two test results? As well, there are vast numbers of Type 2s that follow the ADA/CDA otherDA dietary guidelines and eat high carb diets. Until these diabetics are educated, then any research using their input is going to be flawed at best. Have these researchers base their study on us and lets see what their results are!

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Of *course* people who actually monitor their BG don't see a big improvement in A1C, because they probably have it at a good level because they're monitoring it! If I monitor my BG and have one unexpected spike, I learn from it and don't eat as much of that food, and the one spike is unlikely to affect my overall 3 month A1C. I'd like to see it compared to the A1C of people who don't monitor BG, I bet those people have very high A1C scores compared to people who monitor.

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That article has brought lots of comments on other D forums. I think they are going to use studies like this one to start refusing strip coverage to Type 2's. There was a similar study last year in Oregon studying Medicaid participants and strips. I think the point of contention is Type 2's are not taught how to test at specific times and use that info to change their meals. I remember when I was dx'd I was told 180 after meals was fine. Well if I believed that my HbA1c would still be quite high.

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That article has brought lots of comments on other D forums. I think they are going to use studies like this one to start refusing strip coverage to Type 2's. There was a similar study last year in Oregon studying Medicaid participants and strips. I think the point of contention is Type 2's are not taught how to test at specific times and use that info to change their meals. I remember when I was dx'd I was told 180 after meals was fine. Well if I believed that my HbA1c would still be quite high.
Why wouldn't they want to prevent frequent testing. Everybody would find out about how wrong their recommendations are. Most would then make lifestyle changes, the media would start reporting the truth. In the next 10 years the number of BG related diseases and complications would begin declining appreciably, soon to be followed with med sales and huge profits dropping. We can't have that now, can we?

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I have found mine to be invaluable, and it certainly helped me understand "what, how much and when"

I now have good control because of it.

One wonders who funded the research

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In patients with diabetes who don’t require insulin, self-monitoring of blood glucose had a modest effect on HbA1c levels at six-months, which subsided after 12 months.

That's the key point. I actually don't find issue with this key point. By 12 months either you have already achieved your target A1c or you aren't educated enough about the disease and don't care enough. Beyond this point testing is expected to be at lesser frequency.

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I do test less, and my A1C is near goal, but I still need to test around new foods as I widen my diet to include foods I rarely experience and those I'd like to include. And, sometimes I have to test when I've had an illness or drug required. It's not unimportant to my life and maintaining my A1C.




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