Don’t perform the determination of urine glucose for the monitoring of diabetes mellitus.

Type of practice

Laboratory tests

Urinary glucose measurement lacks the requested diagnostic sensitivity. The test of choice for monitoring diabetic patients is glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), because it is a sensitive and specific measure and the expression of the average glycaemia over a long period of time.


1. Standard italiani per la cura del diabete mellito 2016
2. Carta M. raccomandazioni per l’autocontrollo della glicemia nel paziente mellito. Sinossi. Riv Ital Med Lab 2014; 10: 122-4.

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