Eagerly anticipated guidance about monitoring glucose and ketones in adults with diabetes has been published.
The document entitled ‘Monitoring in Adult Diabetes: Glucose and Ketones’ has been produced by Trend Diabetes.
Available on the organisation’s website for free, it provides information on common tests used in glycaemia and ketone monitoring which are then used to signpost the individual to where urgent action is needed to prevent ill health.
There are a variety of methods used to monitor the impact of therapies, lifestyle choices, co-morbidities, and inter-current illness on glycaemic levels. These methods include HbA1c levels, blood glucose monitoring (capillary blood), continual glucose monitoring (interstitial fluid) and flash glucose monitoring (interstitial fluid).
Appropriate and accurate
When monitoring is undertaken, it is important that the tests used are appropriate and accurate and that the healthcare professional recognises what the results indicate and which other factors may need to be considered.
Trend Diabetes co-chair and co-founder June James, who also led the publication of the guidance, said: “There are a variety of methods used to monitor glucose and ketones in people living with diabetes and it’s vital these are done properly and used in a correct manner to prevent further diabetes-related complications.”
Debbie Hicks the other Trend Diabetes co-chair and co-founder, who also contributed to the development of the document, along with the Trend Diabetes Committee added: “Testing alone will not lead to improvements in the glycaemic management or safety of these individuals. Effective testing depends on an individual’s confidence and competence and that of their healthcare professionals in using the technology selected; this includes how to adjust lifestyle and medications to improve glycaemic variation and quality of life.”
The access the guidance, click here.
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