Why do the ALWAYS show blood testing on the finger tips? Is it so they can say, "blood testing makes your fingers sore, so we don't recommend it?"
At 72 (11+ years diagnosed) I get a lot of tests - I ask for them - only the retina screening folk send for me. Tests include kidney function (slightly reduced but stable), foot, BMI (26), HbA1c (6.3 - we had a glut of cooking apples), lipids (5+ total chol) so I have no concerns about my care,
I get 3 repeat prescriptions lodged with the pharmacist - 3x 2 months - 3 tests a day. My previous repeat prescriptions included 100 each of 2 types - I keep a meter at home & in the car. I was surprised that there were none issued last time, so I put in my request. "You are only allowed one type." I was issued with 50.
I immediately thought of the Lord's parable of the embezzling steward in Luke 16:
5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
I measure every morning & often twice more - driving, before & after sport, if I feel unwell, etc. Four years ago, complications threatened my active life - debilitating muscle pains, extreme tiredness & the beginning of retina damage. My tests were averaging about 7 & HbA1c 6.7. The Dr with all his training & tests could only suggest referral to the hospital, so I looked on line - & thanks to this forum, learned about the dangers of the DUK diet so I started low carb.
As a result all complications have been overcome, but I still need to test. Surely it is in the interests of the NHS that we stay well, rather than drift ignorantly into complications.
A consultant told a blind friend with HbA1c of about 10, in my presence, that readings of 10-20 were no problem unless she felt unwell. Her nurse comes to give insulin & measures BG every day & ignores all the readings - average about 14.
At an X-PERT follow up meeting, one had had heart trouble. He was assured there was no need to test - Dr would do HbA1c regularly. I asked what "regular" meant - Annual
Of course diabetes is a time-bomb with such professional ignorance.