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Advised against Blood glucose meter

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by mrpaulbradley, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. dbr10

    dbr10 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes. I am afraid she was talking complete nonsense. You need to test to help control your BG and to see what foods to avoid. Not only do we have the condition to contend with, but we also have the NHS diet advice to keep eating carbohydrates - we are carbohydrate intolerant- , and doctors trying to take us off Metformin when it has succeeded in helping us to get our BG down. I am sure if you asked the average 5yo what to do if eating something made you ill, they would say stop eating it. At times, I wish I knew a 5yo would explain this to my doctor
     
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  2. ray2

    ray2 Type 2 · Member

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    For me the big problem is that diabetes affects all of us in different ways, often in counter intuitive ways, for example a few biscuits does me no harm but white bread certainly does. I only found this out through buying myself a meter etc. Now I'm on Metformin and I get all my testing strips etc on prescription..... but I'm lucky.
    My point is that we are all individuals and because of the nature of the beast we need an informed and tailored approach and should not simply be the 'recipients' of local NHS policy. It's not a one size fits all condition.
    Had I not started self testing I would have had no idea which things were making me ill.
     
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  3. Sunstreaker

    Sunstreaker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don't believe there is a local NHS Policy. You can view most local policies on line or request them through Freedom of Information requests. I would challenge anyone to find such policies. The NHS just does not actively support or encourage testing in the way many of us do it. Some individual HCP may question our rationale and some may support it. Just because it is not supported doesn't mean the NHS actively discourage through policies.
     
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