A Multicenter Evaluation of Blood Glucose Awareness Training-II

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OBJECTIVEBlood glucose awareness training (BGAT) teaches individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes to more accurately estimate/detect their blood glucose (BG) fluctuations. It has not, however, consistently resulted in improved ability to detect low BG. To assess an enhanced version of BGAT (BGAT-II), with more focus on increasing sensitivity to low BG events, a multicenter study was undertaken. Following up on previous findings that BGAT is most effective with individuals who are least accurate in estimating BG, this study explicitly recruited subjects who did and did not report reduced awareness of hypoglycemia.RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODSSeventy-eight subjects from three research sites participated in a repeated baseline design. Subjects' BG estimation accuracy and BG profiles were assessed 6 months before, immediately before, and immediately after BGAT-II.RESULTSPost-treatment, BGAT-II led to better overall accuracy in detecting BG fluctuations and better detection of both low and high BG levels. This was achieved while the number of low readings of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) was reduced. Reduction in the number of low SMBG events was significant only for subjects reporting awareness of hypoglycemia. Detection of low BG was significant only for subjects reporting reduced awareness of hypoglycemia. Both groups demonstrated equivalent improvements in detection of high BG levels.CONCLUSIONSBGAT may be an effective behavioral strategy for reversing hypoglycemic unawareness and an adjunct to intensive insulin therapy to reduce the occurrence of severe hypoglycemia.

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