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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Teens Do More Glucose Tests When Paid

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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Researchers have found a possible solution for teens with diabetes who don’t test their blood glucose as often as suggested: Pay them to do it. In a 12-week study, 10 teens with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes who tested fewer than four times a day were offered 10 cents per test, with bonuses given for doing four tests per day. Daily testing increased from an average of 1.8 to 4.9 tests per day, with nine of the 10 kids averaging at least four tests per day. In all, they earned an average of $122. What’s more, their diabetes control improved, with average A1C levels dropping from 9.3 to 8.4 percent.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 22, 2015

 
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