Diabetes is a prevalent and costly disease in Veterans. Control of blood glucose is an important VA objective. Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) is advocated as a method to better achieve control. The Key Questions investigated in this report were:
Is regular SMBG effective in either achieving or maintaining target A1c levels for patients with type 2 diabetes?
Does regular SMBG reduce the frequency of hypoglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes?
Is there evidence that different frequencies of testing result in differences in improvements in A1c?