More evidence against blood glucose monitoring

REGULAR monitoring of blood glucose (BG) has previously been recommended for all patients with diabetes. However, routine self-monitoring may be unnecessary. London GPs participated in a study to assess the feasibility of less frequent monitoring.

The intervention included educational meetings, IT support and developing local guidelines. There were 76 general practices in the intervention area, managing 18,441 patients with type 2 diabetes. Their use of monitoring was compared to that of 15,552 patients attending 63 practices in a different area. 

Over a four-year period there were significant reductions