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Blood Glucose Monitoring Vital for Diabetics March 24, 2008

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Minority, low-income diabetics least likely to monitor their blood glucose

Black and Hispanic adults with insulin-treated diabetes are less likely than whites to monitor their blood glucose, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s 48th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

“Minority and financially vulnerable adults with insulin-treated diabetes appear to have lower reported rates of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) — an important disease management component,” said Deborah A. Levine, M.D., M.P.H., lead author of the study and assistant professor in general internal medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.

Robin Petry, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator with University Hospital’s Diabetes Services, said blood glucose monitoring is vital for those diagnosed with the disease.

“I tell my patients all the time, you can’t fight what you can’t see,” she said. “Many times you can not ‘feel’ a high blood sugar. They can feel fine and their blood sugar can be high.”

Ms. Petry noted that diabetics who do not monitor their blood glucose levels are setting themselves up for potentially deadly problems in the future.

“Diabetes is a disease that causes other disease,” she said. “It causes eye disease, heart disease, vascular disease – it sets them up for multiple complications down the road.”

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