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