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OK so my codefree meter has arrived. Where do I go from here?

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by gardengnome42, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. gardengnome42

    gardengnome42 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I feel apprehensive at the thought of using it but I bought it in order to identify which foods cause problems. When do I test and what should I be looking for?

    Although I know my HbA1c has been hovering around 41/42 for at least five years it suddenly rose to 43 last week and I was told to make an appointment with the nurse. What is likely to be the procedure - other than being given the NHS mantra and told to follow the eatwell plate [as if!]. My Total cholesterol was 6.7 which I think is high although the ratio was 2.6 which I think is fine? The Qrisk has risen to 17.7% so I will likely be offered a statin? [Don't want one]

    No history of heart disease in the family although grandmother had Type 2 and complications. she still lived to 90 though ;).
     
  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    This is the general idea of testing out foods:

    Test immediately before you eat
    Test again 2 hours after first bite
    Look at the difference between the before and after levels, which need to be under 2mmol/l and preferably a lot less.
    Keep a detailed food diary including portion sizes
    Record your levels near the food
    Also record other things that may affect the levels (exercise, stress etc)
    Keep doing this and look for patterns, such as a particular portion of food is not a good choice.
    Play around with portion sizes of carbs until you find the size that causes least problems.

    Being organised and consistent is a good plan. Random testing tells you nothing.

    Give it a go, and come back to us with some results.

    Do make sure you wash your hands with soap and water, rinse thoroughly and dry carefully before testing.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A couple of extra tips. I find it less painful to prick the sides of my fingertips also change fingers regularly. Another thing don’t necessarily rule out a particular food or meal eaten at one time of day because your readings are too high. I find I can tolerate more carbs at dinner than I can at breakfast or lunch.
     
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  4. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have a Codefree. The steps are easy enough, if you have any trouble please ask and remember to prick the side of your finger rather than the tip. Good luck.
     
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  5. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    Just to be awkward, I test on the tips of my fingers. It hurts me less and I can't get any blood out of the sides! :)
     
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  6. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes I have to squeeze like billy-o but other times I bleed like a stuck pig! Doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason to it. I've come to the conclusion that my big toe would be better, if only I could reach it :dead:
     
  7. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    LOL. I am the same. Sometimes I feel I am squeezing the life out of my finger, and other times the blob appears quickly. Of course, squeezing isn't good - we end up with interstitial fluid mixed in with the blood, not to mention a lot of bruises!
     
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  8. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Wash hands in hot water for best blood flow.
    Adjust lancet device for lowest number consistent with getting enough blood, start with 3.
    Dip tip of test strip in the blood, it will suck up the correct amount.
     
  9. gardengnome42

    gardengnome42 Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    OK thanks guys. there will be plenty of stress just doing it at first ! A bit like the way I feel when I throw the cuff round my arm to take my BP - stressful.
     
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  10. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    You will get used to it. It may take a few days though!
     
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