Results of research presented at AADE15—the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting & Exhibition—provide new evidence for the effectiveness of diabetes educators in guiding patients with type 2 diabetes toward better management of their condition. Diabetes comorbidities include a number of painful neuropathic conditions. The study focused on the implementation of self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) schedules to lower blood sugar levels. The value of SMBG for patients with type 2 diabetes who are not taking insulin has been called into question by some researchers, insurers, and healthcare providers, and many healthcare providers (including Medicare) limit the reimbursement of SMBG testing strips to one a day.
However, results from the study found that working with a diabetes educator to design personalized, structured SMBG schedules helped to provide motivation to patients with type 2 diabetes in the areas of diet, exercise, and medication adherence that produced lower blood sugar levels. The educators found that, contrary to expressed skepticism by providers, patients in the study reacted positively to their SMBG readings, and achieved a better understanding of the importance of blood glucose levels in the control of their condition.
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