Don’t prescribe routine glucose self-monitoring to Type 2 diabetes patients who are being treated with drugs that do not cause hypoglycemia.

Type of practice

Laboratory tests

Topic Area


In patients with type 2 diabetes being treated with drugs which do not cause hypoglycemia, once the glycemic objective has been reached and the results of self- monitoring become fairly predictable, daily monitoring of the glycemia does not add information for maintaining glycemic control, and sometimes can cause anxiety. There are many exceptions like, for example, use for educational purposes, acute illnesses that can recur,worsening of glycemic compensation, the use of hypoglycemizing drugs, when self- monitoring is often indispensable from time to time in order to achieve set goals.


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