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Self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are not using insulin (Cochrane Review)

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posted by Research Admin on 2012-01-19 16:13:48.518

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This Cochrane Review assesses the effects of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are not using insulin. Randomised controlled trials investigating the effects of SMBG compared with usual care, self-monitoring of urine glucose or both in patients with type 2 diabetes who where not using insulin were included for review. The authors of the review conclude that, when diabetes duration is over one year, the overall effect of self-monitoring of blood glucose on glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin is small up to six months after initiation and subsides after 12 months. Furthermore, there is no evidence that SMBG affects patient satisfaction, general wellbeing or general health-related quality of life.

Malanda U. L., et al. (2012). Self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are not using insulin. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012 (Issue 1), DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005060.pub3.

To read the full abstract, and for access to a free full text version of the review, go to: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD005060.pub3/abstract