In a previous newsletter, we talked about screening for diabetes. Despite following the recommendations to avoid doing blood sugars on asymptomatic and low risk patients, we inevitably still find new diabetics. Once these patients are stabilized, what are the recommendations for routine self-monitoring of blood sugars?
According to ICES, the total cost of test strips for older Ontarians will exceed $500 million dollars between 2009 and 2013 (check out the Quick Links section for more information on this article and other information and recommendations referred to below).
So we should avoid telling some of our patients to test when recommendations like the ones below say it's not necessary!