There is now extensive evidence on the optimal management of diabetes, offering the opportunity of improving the immediate and long-term quality of life of those living with the condition. Unfortunately such optimal management is not reaching many, perhaps the majority, of the people who could benefit. Reasons include the size and complexity of the evidence-base, and the complexity of diabetes care itself. One result is a lack of proven cost-effective resources for diabetes care. Another result is diversity of standards of clinical practice. Guidelines are part of the process which seeks to address those problems. IDF has produced a series of guidelines on different aspects of diabetes management, prevention and care.

Self-monitoring of blood glucose in non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes

In October 2008, the International Diabetes Federation Clinical Guidelines Task Force, in conjunction with the SMBG International Working Group, convened a workshop in Amsterdam to address the issue of SMBG utilization in people with type 2 diabetes (T2M) that is not treated with insulin. Workshop participants included clinical investigators actively engaged in self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) research and research translation activities. The IDF Guideline on Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose in Non-Insulin Treated Type 2 Diabetes presents a summary of the findings and recommendations of the workshop, related to the use of the SMBG in non-insulin treated people with T2M.

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