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Weekly blood sugar checks enough

Self-monitoring of blood glucose four times a week is no better at maintaining target HbA1c than once weekly self-monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes on oral therapy.

German researchers measured the effect of increased monitoring frequency on the HbA1c levels of 202 patients over six months.

The mean difference from baseline was 0.24% in the low-frequency group and 0.16% in the high-frequency group. No statistically significant difference between the groups in HbA1c values at three and 12 months were observed.

PLoS ONE 3(8):e3087

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