Here's an article which says "Frequent blood sugar testing was strongly associated with better diabetes control in a large new study that concludes public and private insurers should not be limiting test strip supplies."

I know this is not news to many of us on TuD, but it's nice to see this getting coverage in the popular press. Hope the bean counters are listening.

Views: 100

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

That's great news. I wish there was a bit more of a call to action in the article. Reducing the cost of strips seems like a no-brainer. Coverage needs to be addressed by the large organizations.

This was a study of some 20,000 people with T1 who had registered with the T1DExchange. This was the first study result I have seen from this effort. It is interesting to note that the authors report an association with high statistical confidence between frequent testing and better control (HbA1c), but in the abstract they don't report how much better control. This usually indicates it was not a particularly striking difference.

The study also reported a strong association between frequent testing and non-Hispanic white race, insurance coverage, higher household income, and use of an insulin pump. Thankfully they didn't pull the typical bonehead move of concluding that frequent testing can make you non-Hispanic, provide you with insurance coverage and a high paying job as well as making an insulin pump appear out of nowhere and attach to your body.

As I tell my students....studies and stats can be used to "prove" whatever you want!

Seriously though, this is very good info to get out there. What is a no-brainer to us might help move the ponderous powers that be. Hello, more testing = better results = less medical care needed = better bottom line. (Speaking to the pptb's in the language they understand)

I'm an accountant and I'm offended :-). The insurance companies and especially Medicare have to realize that it is in their best interest to allow as many of us as possible to escape serious complications.


The difference between a bean counter and an accountant:)




From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

DHF Partners with HelpAround in an Effort to Connect People Touched by Diabetes

  Leer en español Technology has the amazing ability to ease the stress associated with diabetes; It simply makes our lives a little more bearable. That’s why we are excited to announce DHFs partnership with HelpAround. This new application will help Read on! →

La Diabetes Hands Foundation y HelpAround uniendo las personas tocadas por la diabetes

  Para nuestra comunidad de diabetes la tecnología ha venido a llenar muchos vacíos y a hacer de nuestras vidas un poco mas llevaderas. Eso mismo nos proporciona una nueva aplicación de geo-localización llamada HelpAround (Ayuda a tu alrededor). HA Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team


Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


Lead Administrator

Bradford (has type 1)


Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)

Gary (has type 2)

David (dns) (type 2)


LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service