Diabetes Monitoring Are You Overdoing Your Testing?

Diabetes monitoring is being over done by people with Type 2 diabetes, a recent study claims.
These researchers at the University of Michigan, claim that testing as many as two or more times is excessive and unnecessary. 

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, 30.3 million people in the United States live with diabetes. This equates to 1 in 10 people. People with type 2 diabetes can manage their condition by taking the appropriate medication.


The drug most prescribed by doctors for Type 2 is metaformin. While it is very important to monitor blood sugar levels, physicians believe that once a day is sufficient. However, many people will test their levels 2 or more times a day. The extra costs are expensive and unnecessary.


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Diabetes Monitoring: Too Many Test Strips

Dr. Kevin Platt, who is in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, led a team who looked at the insurance data of 370,740 people with type 2 diabetes. Test-strip prescriptions for blood sugar tests were analyzed based on the updated guidelines from the Endocrine Society issued in 2013.

These guidelines recommended that people with type 2 diabetes reduce the frequency of at-home blood testing.

The researchers found that 24 percent filled three or more insurance claims for test strips during the course of the year. In addition, even diabetics who did not need to take daily blood tests were still using an average of two test strips per day.

Dr. Platt says that that once a diabetic on medication finds the dosage that works best for them, it is unnecessary to test every day.


Indeed, testing 2 or more times a day is expensive. For example, the median claims cost for test strips was $325,54 per year. And, without insurance coverage, the cost is even higher. Testing once a day is more than enough.

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