Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

Did you know that many people with type 2 diabetes do the finger-stick blood test as a part of their treatment? Now there is some speculation as to whether or not that is a necessary part of their treatment for those that do not use insulin to control their diabetes. New research also suggests that testing blood glucose levels may not offer any kind of advantage.

Key Takeaways:

  • For those treated with insulin, checking blood sugar with a finger stick at home is an accepted practice for monitoring the effects of insulin therapy.
  • They control their blood sugar with exercise, diet, and sometimes medications such as metformin. Currently, 75 percent of these patients also perform regular blood glucose testing at home, generally at the recommendation of a provider.
  • Proponents of blood glucose testing argue that daily testing promotes better awareness of glucose levels, leading to improvements in diet and lifestyle.

“In the first large pragmatic trial of its kind in the United States, results from a UNC School of Medicine study show that checking finger-stick blood sugars may not help diabetes patients who do not use insulin.”