May 2, 2016
Adults with type 2 diabetes who frequently monitored blood glucose and reported their results to a health care provider online were more likely to have a lower HbA1c than patients who frequently tested but did not report results, according to an analysis of patient data.
In a retrospective study, researchers analyzed data from 191 patients with type 2 diabetes taking only oral antihyperglycemic medications and using an Internet-based glucose monitoring reporting system. Patients were instructed to test their blood glucose before each meal and report back every 2 weeks, either through online meter software, a spreadsheet or an online platform viewable by the health care provider. Self-monitored blood glucose frequency was defined as the average number of tests taken per day as calculated by each patient’s most recent report to their health care provider. Reporting frequency was defined as the average number of reports per 3 months and during the most recent 6-month period. Researchers collected HbA1c data, averaged during the same 6-month period for each patient and used as the response variable.