Sat 6 Dec 2014
Researchers from the University Hospitals of Leicester have published a study demonstrating that urine glucose self-monitoring can be just as effective as blood glucose self-monitoring in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
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The 292 study participants were recruited from general practices in the UK. Participants took part in two structured 3-hour education sessions at the start of the study and then were followed-up at 6, 12 and 18 months.
Patients using urine glucose self-monitoring showed the same improvements in HbA1c, body mass index, blood pressure and wellbeing as the patients who used blood glucose self-monitoring. Apart from the initial education sessions all patients had standard general practice care and so the study results are likely to be reproducible if generalized. The study authors made the observation that if this were done, “then it might lead to substantial cost savings without impairing outcomes”.
Further reading: Wiley Online Library: Diabetic Medicine