Blood glucose monitoring ‘intrusive’ finds survey

Thursday, 21 Apr 2016

As many as 8 out of 10 adults living with diabetes are tired of having to check their blood glucose levels, a survey reveals.

The figure is perhaps not surprising given that people living with type 1 diabetes typically need to monitor their blood glucose levels up to six times a day.

The corresponding figure for people living with type 2 diabetes was up to three times a day, according to results from the online survey of 512 people with type 1 diabetes and 112 people with type 2 diabetes who were all using insulin.

Ms Renza Scibilia from Diabetes Australia said the findings highlighted just how intrusive and disruptive blood glucose monitoring can be.

“People have to regularly stop what they are doing …then there’s the actual task of checking your blood sugar but then also reacting to whatever that number might be

“It all takes time out of what you’re doing… it’s very intrusive in every day life,” she told the limbic.

The survey results also highlighted the need for people to keep up to date with the latest technology advances.

“People often get into a rut – they’ve often been using the same device for some time” she said.

“We would encourage people to have a chat with their diabetes educator about what’s new and what’s out there…diabetes technology is moving really quickly and it’s always exciting to see what’s on the horizon”.

The survey was commissioned by Abbott in partnership with Diabetes Australia, and JDRF.

Key findings from the YourSAY: Glucose Monitoring Survey.

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Infographic created by Diabetes Australia

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