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Excuses given why you shouldn't test

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Crimsonclient, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Season

    Season · Member

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    Not entirely on topic, but I once saw a dietician and in the conversation I asked for suggestions of things to snack on when hungry but with high, or at least not low, sugars. She said that if I felt hungry, I probably was low anyway.

    I contradicted her (as un-bluntly as I could muster) and she said, "Oh, I think you'll find you do." At time of course I wasn't very used to diabetes, having been on insulin only, let me work it out... thirty years or so...
     
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    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    On topic or off topic I doesn't matter it's more about people's experience with how they are treated about getting strips


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  3. SandyDee

    SandyDee Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm Type 1 so doesn't affect me personally but I know a few Type 2's. When I first heard they wanted to stop Type 2 testing I thought it was odd so I asked a Type 2 friend why and they were told "too many people were overeacting to their test results" . BIZARRE!! The girl I was speaking to was newly diagnosed and she has no idea what is happening from one doctors appointment to the next, she was eating a bar of chocolate the other day and I said doesn't that affect your blood sugars and she just shrugged and said the doctor said she was doing fine.
     
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    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Sandy dee that is the exact reason I started this threat


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  5. Anatoli15

    Anatoli15 Type 1 · Member

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    I have had pains in both feet for three years and only last year I was told I was diabetic - T2. I had in fact peripheral neuropathy. I was invited to spend a day with the Desmond Education session. I found this very instructive and learned a lot regarding diets. They agreed that with my very plain eating habits, there was very little that I needed to change. Now I come to the theme that is bothering people. The Desmond team recommended that we all obtained a metre to monitor our blood/sugar. They said this was the only way that we could keep an eye on our condition. From that moment I tested just once a week and managed to do this at ruffly the same time each week. Some time later I had to see my doc on another problem and mentioned that I was using a metre. She was horrified and said she would contact the Desmond people to complain strongly that they should definitely not be advising folk to be testing at home. I ask - what are we supposed to do ???

    I ignored the doctor and continue testing weekly. I know I should be exercising to lose weight but walking is out of the question due to my painful feet. I have a Nintendo Wii machine and Wii Fit Plus and have a routine comprising of nineteen exercises that take just thirty minutes to complete. I have to sit down frequently to ease me feet. Any ideas how else I can lose weight?

    By the way, in the fifteen months that I have been testing my readings have ranged from 5.4 to 9.4.


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  6. Scandichic

    Scandichic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you fancy low GI, ask on here. Douglas99 is helpful.
    Some of us advocate LCHF - see Dietdoctor.com I have lost 1 stone 2 lbs on this diet. There are recipes on this site. Good luck!
     
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    IanD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Anatoli - the Desmond teacher is right - testing is very important, & any doctor who says it is unnecessary is seriously ignorant of diabetes management. Ask around the pharmacies to find out which practices encourage testing. I get enough test strips to test more than once a day - I'm type 2 on metformin, not insulin.
     
  8. Ria

    Ria Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    anatoli. I managed to loose weight roughly using the 2:5 diet. I say roughy as I didn't always fast 2 days a week. I often only managed 1. I also lowered by carbohydrates by reducing bread to 1 slice a day and cut out potatoes and halved rice and pasta. ( I only have one pasta or rice dish a week)
    On my fasting days I have eggs as my main meal. For example welsh eggs: boiled eggs + leeks +cheese sauce =200-250cals. Or spinach with boiled eggs and cheese sauce. I am far less hungry than i used to, so find that I now eat far less.

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  9. Dizzyangel75

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    I was told that I was being obsessive for wanting to self test! The doctor in question basically ranted at me, called me a hypochondriac and obsessive and that as long as I took my meds and stuck to my diet my BG would remain fine and I'd never need to know what it was. Incidentally, I am on gliclizide so have random hypo's as well!

    The same doctor also saw no need to run hbA1c blood tests!

    Needless to say we had quite a few heated discussions!!

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    Classed T2 (hereditary gene on both sides of family, 4th generation diabetic)
    hbA1c at diagnosis (old numbers) 29.7
    Last hbA1c (new numbers) 34
    500mg Metformin x3
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    Low carb
     
  10. Katchoo

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    Similar to the above, my doctor told me not to test as I might get obsessed. I ignored her, as I find it motivating to see it going down or up. If it goes up, I try harder to keep it down. I haven't been offered strips or a meter, so am financing it myself. I doubt I'd get it even if I asked.
     
  11. Crimsonclient

    Crimsonclient LADA · Well-Known Member

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    If you are on gliclizide and drive anything you have to test before driving by law so docs has to provide you with testing equipment


    Type 2 diagnosed 24/01/2013.
    Novomix 30, Victoza, metformin 2000mg sr (but not taking them as they play havoc with my insides,
     
  12. Pipp

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    Has anyone thought that the pharmaceutical companies and those that manufacture the test strips are ripping everyone off? Ok so they have to make a profit, but how much does it cost to produce the drugs and equipment needed? Also how much is the cost to NHS?
     
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