HBNS - For diabetics not on insulin, is long term self-monitoring redundant?

By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2012-01-27 16:12:47 -0600
Started 2012-01-27 11:41:46 -0600

Ran across this recent article at the Health Behavior News Service (HBNS) website:

The article basically claims that there is no real benefit to self-testing long term for diabetics not on insulin.

To quote the article “For type 2 diabetics who are not on insulin, monitoring their blood sugar does little to control blood sugar levels over time and may not be worth the effort or expense, according to a new evidence review.”

I know that daily multiple testing for me was the only way I could discover what did what to my BG levels. Even to the point of what brand of delivery pizza spiked me the most (oh, I so miss pizza). Is it possible that once you have things under control, testing is really only a confirmation to what we already know?

I’ll reserve my own opinion, but the article and comments that follow it made for some interesting points I thought.

3 replies

Denisency213 2012-01-27 16:12:47 -0600 Report

I think to test is a good thing because it keeps you on track how else would u know how u are managing on a daily basis , just my opinion

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-27 15:01:01 -0600 Report

Sorry, being type 1 which is insulin dependent, I have never had the option of to test or not:( You may not need to test as many times as type 1's do, but I would think at least once or twice a day( am & pm)? You can't adjust your meds before or after meals as we do, so that is probably what the article is refering to.

Young1s 2012-01-27 11:58:22 -0600 Report

I saw this article and couldn't believe what I was reading. I'm with you. I like to test, not because I have to, but because I want to know what my levels are looking like at any given time of the day or how certain foods/beverages are effecting me. So, yes I'm on insulin right now, but if I'm ever at a stage where I am able to control my levels without it (my computer to God's ears), I would still test the same way.