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Health: Diabetes

Volume 701: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What evidence is available to support the use of home testing of blood sugar for type 2 diabetes. [HL3158]

In September 2002, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued clinical guidelines on Management of Type 2 Diabetes—Management of Blood Glucose. The guidelines include advice on the self-monitoring of blood glucose and state that self-monitoring can have benefits but should be carried out as part of an integrated self-care package and if the purpose is clear and agreed with the patient.

The guidelines are under review and will be reissued as part of the Type 2 diabetes: the management of type 2 diabetes (update), expected to be published by NICE in May 2008.