Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Noninsulin-Treated Diabetes

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The scientific evidence does not show any benefits from systematic self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) with test sticks in people with noninsulin-treated type 2 diabetes. Examples of specific situations where people with noninsulin-treated type diabetes may have reason to use test sticks include symptoms of hypoglycemia, particularly in patients being treated with sulfony-lurea agents and meglininides. Self-monitoring may also be needed for other purposes, eg, educational purposes in conjunction with changes in therapy or acute disease.

A more restrictive use of test sticks in the patient group would reduce costs and would not increase medical risks.

How to cite this report: SBU. Self-monitoring of blood glucose in noninsulin-treated diabetes. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU); 2009. SBU report no 194 (in Swedish).

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Published: 4/29/2009
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