American Academy of Family Physicians Publishes Guide About Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose for Diabetics
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Friday, January 23, 2004
American Academy of Family Physicians
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The AAFP developed the guide to provide practical advice to its members regarding treatment and self-care for patients with diabetes, with a particular emphasis on those who have type 2 diabetes. Nearly 6.8 million adult Americans have type 2 diabetes and take oral medications to control their disease.
According to the guide, "Self-control: A Physician's Guide to Blood Glucose Monitoring in the Management of Diabetes," patients whose type 2 diabetes is treated with oral medications and whose blood glucose is not in control should test their blood glucose levels multiple times a day to gather data and adjust treatment. The AAFP panel noted that further research is needed to determine optimal testing frequency.
Monitoring of blood glucose is important because more than half of patients who have type 2 diabetes have blood glucose levels above the recommended range, placing them at increased risk of serious complications and death. By checking their blood glucose levels, and using the results to adjust treatment (diet, medication, exercise), patients can better control their diabetes and prevent or delay many complications.
Consumers can visit familydoctor.org for more information on diabetes and blood glucose testing.
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