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Effective Self-Management of Blood Glucose Can be Achieved by Using Meters With Advanced Features Paired With Diabetes Education

Thu, 09/23/2010 - 6:33am
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TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new study, people with diabetes, especially those treated with insulin, may achieve optimal blood sugar control when they understand the impact of food on blood sugar and they utilize useful advanced blood glucose meter (BGM) features such as meal markers and audible reminders.  These findings, presented at the 46th European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, are important because structured self management of blood glucose (SMBG) may be integral to attaining optimal glycemic control.  Further, understanding and utilization of particular advanced BGM features may improve the value of SMBG.

A six-month randomized, multicenter prospective clinical outcomes study called ACT (Actions with the CONTOUR® Blood Glucose Meter and Behaviors in Frequent Testers), conducted at four clinical sites in the U.S., evaluated the impact of diabetes education plus use of advanced BGM features versus diabetes education plus use of meters with basic features.  Investigators also evaluated the influence of SMBG information, motivation, and behavioral skills on measures of glycemic control via survey questions based on the Information-Motivation-Behavioral skills (IMB) model. The study was sponsored by Bayer HealthCare.

Clinical results indicate that ACT study participants who were randomized to the advanced meter features group (n=105), and used meal markers and audible reminders, engaged in significantly more structured testing, including post-meal testing as well as paired (before and after meal) testing, than those who were randomized to basic meter features. Moreover, 72 percent of study participants in the advanced meter features group had a better understanding of the difference between before and after meal blood sugar results.

Remembering to test blood sugar levels is one of the obstacles for patients wi

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