Letters Screening for type 2 diabetes

Why patients who self monitor glucose might be more depressed

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a246 (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1263
  1. Lucy M Candib, family doctor and trainer
  1. 1Family Health Centre of Worcester, 26 Queen Street, Worcester, MA 01610, USA
  1. lcandib{at}massmed.org

O’Kane et al suggest that the negative effect of self monitoring of blood glucose might relate to “the enforced discipline of regular monitoring without any tangible gain.”1 I suggest an alternative explanation based on personal experience. In the first few years after diagnosis, many people do not really believe that they “have” …

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