Imposing unnecessary blood glucose monitoring regimes that needlessly change a person’s routine, and are random, low frequency or do not provide patients or health care professionals with information that is of value in managing diabetes, will not enhance therapeutic goals.
Glycaemic control is pertinent to the management of Diabetes Mellitus (DM), with self-management a valuable tool in reducing the incidence of complications, improving HbA1c levels*, enhancing quality of life and reducing related health care costs.
The ability to self-care also empowers people and helps to engage them in developing and maintaining behaviours and lifestyle choices that result in improved long-term health outcomes. Blood glucose monitoring should provide feedback relevant to a person’s management plan, including frequency of timing and testing. In addition, unclear or inconsistent monitoring interventions can be needlessly traumatic, may confuse patients and even discourage them from the self-management process.
*The glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) test shows an average blood glucose level over 10-12 weeks.