Self-Testing Improves A1C Levels

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People with type 2 diabetes who do not take insulin saw their A1C levels improve after testing their blood glucose, keeping a diary of their results and their eating habits and receiving counseling on self-testing, say researchers in Germany and Austria. Control subjects were given counseling on diet and lifestyle only.

The group that monitored their blood-glucose levels before and after meals at least two days a week saw their A1C levels decline by an average of 1 percent, compared to an average decline of 0.54 percent in the control group.

Those who tested also saw “a marked improvement” in general well-being, with “significant improvements” in depression.

Diabetes Care, November 2002

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