American Academy of Family Physicians Will Offer Guidance on Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Patients with Diabetes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 16, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
The AAFP has established a Physician Panel on Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) in Patients with Diabetes. The panel will offer guidance on the frequency and timing of SMBG in patients with type 2 diabetes. This practical application of previously published guidelines is the first of its kind and will be distributed to AAFP members in the form of an American Family Physician monograph in January 2003. The monograph will be adapted for patients and posted on the AAFP patient-education Web site, familydoctor.org.
This endeavor is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from LifeScan. LifeScan, a leading maker of blood glucose monitoring products, is dedicated to creating a world without limits for people with diabetes.
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