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Have you been told not to test your blood sugars?

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by desidiabulum, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. sasharhianna93

    sasharhianna93 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I see! I'm sorry! I did not realize that. That is too bad! I think testing is so very important! Is it expensive to buy out of pocket?
     
  2. sasharhianna93

    sasharhianna93 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi! Yes, I know our health system is pretty crazy! I know it sounds silly but I'm only in my early 20's and up until I was diagnosed my dad pretty much handled anything medical for me! So it has been an interesting process!!!
     
  3. sasharhianna93

    sasharhianna93 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry! I keep forgetting things aren't like they are here everywhere else! That is very interesting though.
     
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    McNicky100 Type 2 · Member

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    It's the same here in Australia, my Doctor said I don't need to test anymore, it's ridiculous.
     
  5. kimlala

    kimlala · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @sasharhianna93, with my youngest daughter (18) we submit our insurance yearly to keep her covered. I am hoping we will be able to insure her until she is 26 (easy under Obama, questionable under Trump). I urge you to check Walmart for testing strips, and if need be a new monitor (much cheaper, than what our insurance covers, and we pay a high premium). I have even contemplated going to Mexico to check out pharmacies. United Health Care is the pits, and one of the most costly. At least with Walmart, you can test and compare, and as you know I am an advocate for testing. Thinking of you! :)
     
  6. sasharhianna93

    sasharhianna93 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh I know! They make you jump through so many hoops!! And you are right, it is very questionable under the Oompa Loompa lol. I have not tried wal mart yet, I use walgreens right now but their prices are quite high! Luckily I just got onto my dads insurance and all of my diabetes medications are now free because they are considered preventative!!!! I was paying over $100 a month for them all before!
     
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  7. kimlala

    kimlala · Well-Known Member

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    @sasharhianna, I am so happy to hear your on your dad's insurance! Our co-pays fall into that $100 range. Walmart has a whole diabetic section, and even their needles are less expensive (considering what we pay for with insurance). Right there with you on Oompa Loompa, especially after his latest escapades (will save that for my ranting on FB) lol :)
     
  8. sasharhianna93

    sasharhianna93 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I am happy I am on his insurance (even if it is only for 2 more years) I will have to check out wal mart! And lol don't get me started on that disgusting excuse of a human!!! I wish I had a facebook so I could see your rant! haha. I try not to get too upset with all of that. It is what it is! I have bigger fish to fry!
     
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  9. Mick64

    Mick64 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I have been told the same by my GP unnecessary to self check bg level's
     
  10. Mick64

    Mick64 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Suffering tiredness, headache ,fatigue, blurred vision unable to concentrate extreme.gp said nothing wrong nothing to do with diabetes ,blood sugar test 50 .3 months,test diagnosed 2years ago via being tested for another condition.
     
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  11. kimlala

    kimlala · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Mick64, similar situation with doctor telling me not to test or worry with diet. However, in my situation it made a huge difference, as doctor made the wrong diagnosis (testing helped prove this). I hope all goes well and you get some answers soon, I know how scary it is not knowing. :)
     
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  12. pollensa

    pollensa Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I have read recently, that America and New Zealand take the same approach, and addressing and asking the question, IS FINGER TESTING REALLY NECESSARY,as it is becoming clear that putting it all into perspective, whether one tests fingers once or 12 times a day, the question remains, is this really necessary, what can you do if your test shows slightly higher or lower, NOTHING, you have a disappointment, or your happy, if one is eating low carb, exercising and taking care, that is by far the better tonic than finger testing daily, as you know you are doing the best possible, the result finger testing, trauma,time, expense, possibly is doing more damage mentally for a Type2 Pre Diabetic or Diabetic, nothing one can do, if you check your finger after eating lunch and its high, lets take facts clear, non diabetic peoples sugar goes up and down like a yo yo daily.

    Having the worry of results of finger tests daily you may go to your doctor and say your higher after lunch, he may say exercise more, at the end of the day, by testing fingers so many times daily can in my opinion only cause, anxiety, stress, frustration is it worth it, to perhaps cause more health issues, problems by unnecessary worry.

    Testing daily, will give you a reading, but whatever that reading is, what are you going to do about it that day anyway, it wont change the reading, yet one hour later the reading may be perfect normal, and one has worried unnecessarily at the end of the day.

    The Diabetes world has to take a more pragmatic view sensible approach, not to say, how much monies one spends on stripes, lancets, for what to make one worry.

    The Diabetes world is a big business and its normal the public are pushed to check daily, and many who have this disease, should try and see Diabetes from both sides.

    I agree with the nurse one hundred percent.

    Jenny
     
  13. leslie10152

    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have been self testing since diagnosis. I wouldn't be without it.
     
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  14. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I do not test every day but, whilst I agree there is nothing you can do about something that you have already eaten, testing is a useful tool to gage your reaction to certain foods and gives you the ability to adapt your diet to what you can eat so, depending on whether you are high, normal or low, you can decide whether to eat that particular food again.
     
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  15. MikeTurin

    MikeTurin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can't understand the reasoning that testing is unnecessary. I am an engineer, so I have taken courses in control theory and operations research.
    Now if the desired outcome is to have the fasting blood glucose under 5.5 mmol/l and to start to take corrective action when is over 7.2 mmol/l, how do you know that the levels are out of range without testing?
    It's the same thing about weight control. How one knows that isn't putting up fat without weighing himself, or the blood pressure.
    On the other hand it's possible to reduce the number of test to a pattern and increase or decrease the number of test following the compliance to the expected outcome.

    I don't understand the problem of anxiety or mental damage, because if BG levels are fluctuating out of the desired range hiding the problem doesn't solve anything and if corrective actions aren't taken the damages in future may be uncorrectable and way more destabilizing on mental health than a jumping measure. It's kile to say, don't check the resistance of the just cured concrete and wait the bridge collapsing because there was too much water in the concrete mix...
     
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  16. theoldfunker

    theoldfunker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have gone through the many comments here and although my nurse has said the same thing as most comments how would I know if I was OK to drive, it might be that I'm just tired. I drive from Surrey to Wiltshire and Devon to visit Family. There is advice at DVLA regarding diabetes, I need to know if I'm safe to drive.
    Self testing has been a tool to help me identify foods that are good or bad for me. I would never have known that fish will have a zero effect on my BG levels so my diet includes more fish and pizza is out as it gives me a whopping 12mmol. I didn't guess that lettuce could make me go high and lactose free milk gave me a 22 I thought it was the right choice so full fat milk it is and gold top.
    Self testing is a tool to use to understand what's goin on.
     
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  17. MissConStru

    MissConStru Type 2 · Member

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    Haven't read all of this thread but it would seem the medical fraternity is pretty much against us doing our own testing. My GP/diabetes nurse are both pretty neutral about it but want patients to use the meter of their choice. I've always used my own choice which is OneTouch Verio which I prefer of all the meters I've tried as the cell for the blood on the testing strip is very tiny and takes up a minute amount of blood just like a laboratory tube! However, they won't provide me with testing strips so I have to buy them myself. Hooray Ebay! (Yes, I do make sure they are in date!)

    I also like to test on rising every single day. Don't ask me why, I just do! Though if I'm away, on a conference or some-such, I don't bother!

    I have an 84 yr old sister that lives in Norfolk who's been T2 for about 20 years and does the same as her GPs (she moved about 8 years ago and found her new GP also refused to supply them) also insist there is no need to test. However, she does hers about 4 times a day, I believe.
    I really couldn't be bothered to do that! yawn.gif

    Personally, we just do like to keep tabs on our BG and since it's our bodies, why can't we!
     
  18. dbr10

    dbr10 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It's how you find out NHS diabetes care kills diabetics.
     
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  19. frankbegbie

    frankbegbie · Well-Known Member

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    I agree.

    I'm new to being told I have Diabetis 2.

    Apart from the first 3/4 days after I got the kit I haven't tested.

    I'll probably stick to 2 /3 times a week, if that.
     
  20. leslie10152

    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    This is why we group together and defend our ranks. We are a fellowship of the disadvantaged to others, but among ourselves - we are legends.
     
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