LifeScan Canada Ltd.

LifeScan Canada Ltd.

June 17, 2010 08:01 ET

Canadians Living With Diabetes Often Experience Uncertainty in Their Blood Sugar Levels, New Survey Reveals

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010)

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Much of our lives are dictated by numbers – from street, phone, salary, social security to mileage – most Canadians can recite different numbers in a heartbeat. For the more than three million Canadians living with diabetes (i), numbers are especially important as only their blood sugar readings allow them to really understand what is happening inside their bodies and make decisions to help them effectively manage their disease.

However, findings from a new national survey reveal that while 82 per cent of Canadians living with diabetes feel that the readings on their meters are accurate, 40 per cent admit they sometimes test their blood sugar levels twice in one sitting to make sure the readings are accurate (ii). In addition, the majority (57 per cent) have experienced uncertainty between their blood sugar readings and the way they feel (ii).

"The majority of diabetes patients find it difficult to know when their blood sugar levels are out of target range without the help of their blood sugar meter" says Dr. Andrew Farquhar, a family physician in Kelowna, British Columbia. "This is why reliable and accurate blood sugar readings are more than just numbers - they're life-guiding indicators. When understood fully and obtained frequently, they allow people living with diabetes to plan accordingly so they can lead a full life."

According to the survey results, Canadians with diabetes find it most difficult to manage their disease in certain situations, like when they are stressed, anxious, or ill, or at special events or when travelling: (ii)

  • Over half of respondents feel that their blood sugar is not within target range when they are anxious or stressed (54 per cent) or sick (52 per cent).

  • Forty per cent of respondents report difficulty managing their diabetes while travelling, and 39 per cent report difficulty managing it at special events.

  • Forty-three per cent find it difficult to figure out what foods to eat when dining out or at special events.

  • When travelling, 45 per cent find it hard to remember to monitor their blood sugar levels on a regular basis.

"If patients are feeling less confident about their blood sugar readings in certain instances, they need to speak to their healthcare professionals about how to best manage their blood sugar levels in these situations" says Dr. Farquhar. "There is also technology available which may help patients feel confident in their blood sugar results."

Only OneTouch® Ultra® Blue Test Strips have DoubleSure™ Technology that tests each blood sample not once but twice to confirm the result, providing patients with the reassurance they may need.

Survey Design and Methodology

Conducted by Leger Marketing and sponsored by LifeScan, the survey consisted of an online survey, conducted among Canadian adults diagnosed with diabetes. The patient survey was conducted between March 13 and March 21, 2010, using a national random sample of 812 respondents from Leger Marketing's Web panel. This method simulates a probability sample which would yield a maximum margin of error of +/-3.4%, 19 times out of 20.

About LifeScan Canada Ltd

LifeScan is a leading maker of blood glucose monitoring systems for people with diabetes. For information about diabetes care and OneTouch® products and services, visit

(i) Canadian Diabetes Association. Diabetes Facts. Available at:

Accessed on March 30, 2010.

(ii) Leger Marketing. Diabetes Study. April 1, 2010.

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