Recommendation ID

Self-monitoring of blood glucose levels:- What is the optimal frequency for self-monitoring of blood glucose in adults with type 2 diabetes?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- It is widely recognised that self-monitoring of blood glucose is a multicomponent intervention. As well as being educated about how to use a self-monitoring device to assess blood glucose levels, adults with type 2 diabetes need to be able to understand their results and act on the observed readings.
In adults for whom self-monitoring is appropriate, there is limited evidence to guide clinical practice in prescribing self-monitoring regimens, in terms of frequency of testing and optimal blood glucose targets. Given the inconvenience and expense of self-monitoring, robust evidence from randomised controlled trials is needed to guide the optimal use of this intervention.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Type 2 diabetes in adults: management
Date issued
December 2015

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/12/2015