Use of Glucose Monitors by Type 2 Diabetics

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2013-05-23 10:48:47 -0500
Started 2013-05-22 14:01:32 -0500

A huge thank you to everyone who filled out the survey on use of glucose monitors here last fall.

The results are in! And guess what? Most patients are frustrated with the lack of good training on how best to use their glucose meter.

See our report today, here:

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Nick1962 2013-05-23 10:48:47 -0500 Report

Thanks Amy, great article! It’s always been my theory that my meter was a tool, and that testing without acting on the information was about as useful as not testing at all. However, if you’re never taught to know what those numbers mean and just how to act on them, well, any medical professional that just hands you a meter without some reasonable training really isn’t giving you any medical assistance.
Given the statistics in your article, it’s staggering that so much of our education comes from the internet, and that we have to dig for on our own and not gotten from the professionals we pay. While diabetic education does cost money to a physician, I think this may be an issue where “pay for performance” might become an issue. Ultimately, it is up to the patient to maintain control, but if they are not given the tools/education to do so, the issue of “non-compliance” may very well fall at the medical professional’s feet.