If you have type 2 diabetes and you use a glucose meter — or if you have a meter but don't use it regularly for some reason — we need your help. I have been asked to compile an article for the ADA journal Diabetes Spectrum on T2 patient feedback and their experiences with glucose monitoring.
For this purpose, we are running a brief survey over at DiabeticConnect and I ask you to please, please (pretty please!) take a few minutes to give us your input. There are just about a dozen multiple choice questions and lots of room for you to add comments if you like.
UPDATE: Even though the survey closed on Friday, Sept. 14, we'd still welcome the chance to hear from you on this issue!
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We all know that a lot of patients are sent home with a BG meter without good instructions on how to use this tool to improve their daily glucose management. So what do you do with it? Gather up a bunch of numbers to show your doctor at your next appointment in three months? Stash it in your drawer and promise to use it "tomorrow"?
Meanwhile, lots of fancy new meters with technology bells and whistles are appearing on the market. With wireless data transmission and "smart algorithms" that can hopefully help us make sense of the numbers — at least for people who take insulin and are therefore "tethered" to their meters 24/7.
But what about all the PWDs out there who are not on insulin? Surely these handy little glucose meters are still key to their diabetes management. Or are they...?
It seems there are two schools of thought out there among the medical experts:
- "People with type 2 diabetes do not need to be using glucose meters on a regular basis at all, because they can't change the numbers immediately anyway, and their A1C results are useful enough information.
- Type 2s can and should be using their meters better/more often/more productively, but just aren't getting the right training and education.
Of course, insurance companies love the first viewpoint because they don't want to cover the cost of these tools, especially the expensive test strips...
It seems clear to me that lack of education plays a big role...
And that's what we're trying to get at here: What kind of explanation or training did you get on using a meter? Do you feel like you have a good grasp on its usefulness now? And in terms of motivation, how do you FEEL about the whole glucose testing experience?
If you feel negative and sometimes judged, you wouldn't be alone. But we're not putting words in anyone's mouth. We want to hear from as many type 2's out there as possible:
What are your thoughts on using a glucose meter?
Please click here to tell us.