Self-monitoring of blood glucose protocol cuts hs-CRP

Self-monitoring of blood glucose protocol cuts hs-CRP
Among patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, a structured self-monitoring of blood glucose protocol correlates with reductions in the level of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, according to a study published online Feb. 22 in Diabetes Care.

(HealthDay)—Among patients with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, a structured self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) protocol correlates with reductions in the level of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), according to a study published online Feb. 22 in Diabetes Care.

Oliver Schnell, M.D., from Helmholtz Center Munich, and colleagues examined the effect of a structured SMBG protocol and associated changes in on changes in hs-CRP among 483 poorly-controlled, insulin-naive patients with type 2 diabetes. Participants were randomly allocated to active control or structured testing (STG), including quarterly structured SMBG.

At three, six, and 12 months, the researchers found that there were significantly greater reductions in the geometric mean hs-CRP in the STG group than the active control group. Significantly greater reductions in hs-CRP level were seen for patients in the STG group at high , compared with patients in the active control group at high cardiovascular risk. In both groups there was a strong correlation between reductions in hs-CRP and hemoglobin A1c.

"Our study is the first to report a relationship between the significant glycemic outcomes of a structured SMBG intervention and changes in hs-CRP, a clinical marker of cardiovascular risk," the authors write.

Two authors disclosed to Roche Diagnostics, which funded the study.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Bolus calculation, flexible insulin up diabetes control

Feb 24, 2012

(HealthDay) -- A structured course teaching the benefits of automated bolus calculator (ABC) use and flexible intensive insulin therapy (FIIT) improves metabolic control and satisfaction in patients with type ...

Recommended for you

Diabetes and Thanksgiving can live in harmony

16 hours ago

As you may know, November is National Diabetes Month. If you, a loved one, or a Thanksgiving guest have diabetes or prediabetes, this column is dedicated to you, as you may be wondering how to enjoy one of the most food-laden ...

Does a yogurt a day keep diabetes away?

Nov 24, 2014

A high intake of yogurt has been found to be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research published in open access journal BMC Medicine. This highlights the importance of hav ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.