Several diabetics needlessly test blood sugar at home


People Type-2 diabetes may unnecessarily be testing their blood sugar at home, according to the findings of a study. The US-based study found out that individuals whose diabetic symptoms are under control and who do not take medications that cause blood sugar to go down at dangerously low levels, should not test blood sugar at home.

“Many Type-2 diabetes patients not using insulin or other medications at risk of rapid changes in blood sugar levels are testing far more often then they need to be,” said lead study author Dr. Kevin Platt of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in a report published by Reuters.

The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove whether or how home testing directly impacted blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

And some patients might still need to test at home, even if they don’t need to do this multiple times daily, said Sheri Colberg a professor emerita at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, who has studied and treated people with diabetes, Reuters said in its report.

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