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Diabtetes Health Type 1: Switching BG Meters for Less Pain

A Roche Diagnostics survey conducted in July 2005 found that almost one in four people with diabetes do not test blood glucose as they should.

According to the Omnibus national survey of 1,002 adultswith type 1 and type 2 diabetes, respondents cited having tore-stick (48 percent) and painful testing (43 percent) as themost commonly encountered problems while testing bloodglucose levels.

“There is no substitute for blood sugar monitoring. Testing isthe best measure by which we can accurately determine the adequacy of our patients’ blood sugar control,” says Henry Rodriguez, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the pediatricdiabetes clinical program at James Whitcomb Riley Hospitalfor Children.

Another finding from the survey was that 95 percent of respondents indicated they would switch brands if they could find a meter system that would reduce the pain of testing.

“People with diabetes need products that meet their specificneeds and ensure confidence,” says Don Dumoulin, seniorvice president of U.S. Diabetes Care for Roche Diagnostics.“The Accu-Chek Aviva system and Accu-Chek Multiclix lancetdevice are solutions to their concerns and help them testright the first time.”

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Source: Roche Diagnostics, December, 2005

According to the survey, respondents listed these topfive barriers to testing:

  1. Having to re-stick
  2. Painful testing
  3. Wondering if the test result is really accurate
  4. Difficulty drawing a large enough sample of blood
  5. Having to retest due to an error message

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