Diabetic Patients Unnecessarily Test Blood Sugar Levels at Home
A recent study has revealed that about 14 percent of the sample of individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes are needlessly checking their blood sugar levels at home.
The number becomes crucial when the cost of test strips and the need for a judicious use of services is considered.
For the current study, reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers examined data on more than 370,000 people with type 2 diabetes.
Reuters reported that almost 88,000 (23 percent), had at least three insurance claims for test strips used to check blood sugar at home.
According to lead study author Dr Kevin Platt of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,
“This needless behavior causes unnecessary pokes, worry, and costs,” Platt said by email. “More is not always better when it comes to medical care.”
Insulin usage affects blood sugar and thus requires regular testing. However, many patients do not require insulin, and can work with just oral medications, that do not have any such impact on blood sugar levels.
People performing these unnecessary blood tests were doing them almost twice day and were spending at least $325 a year.