Multiple Glucose Checks Not Mandatory for Some With Type 2 Diabetes
Frequent blood glucose checks may not be necessary for certain people with type 2 diabetes. That’s what researchers found when they looked at insurance claims for adults with type 2. More than 86,700 people had filled three or more prescriptions for glucose test strips during one year, averaging about two strips per day. Of those people, 38 percent were not using medications that cause low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), while another 23 percent weren’t taking any diabetes medications. Provided you don’t take insulin or sulfonylureas, which raise the risk for lows, there’s no need to do frequent daily checks, the researchers say. Still, it’s important to talk to your doctor about how often you need to check your levels. It’s possible you can reduce your number of finger sticks and save money, too.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, published online Dec. 10, 2018