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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. James2

    James2 · Well-Known Member

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    hi
    i am recently diagnosed with type two diabetes and was also told the same thing,my response was that i wanted to get a handle on was going on as i had the HbA1c and was told i would have another one in 3 months time
     
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  2. jonbvn

    jonbvn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    And how exactly do you determine what is a sensible diet?

    I'll give you some examples that i would not have known about without testing:

    1. If i eat late i get a much higher FBG next day.
    2. Blueberries give me a big BG spike into double figures.

    IMHO you cannot have too much information.
     
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  3. Romeran

    Romeran Type 2 · Member

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    Must my doctor agree if I ask for a reduction in Metformin?
     
  4. IanD

    IanD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If your combination of MF & diet is giving satisfactory BGs fasting, before & after meals - or even BGs below 5, then you can adjust your dose without asking.
    BUT keep testing & report what you are doing after say 2 weeks.
     
  5. mo53

    mo53 Type 2 · Expert

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    Hello. I saw a new Doctor this morning. I was asked to come as my HAbc1 had increased to 55 after being 48. He wanted to increase my Metformin. When I explained that the increase had been caused by my 'head in the sand' attitude and I had stopped my low carb way of life. I told him my blood sugar had been 4.6 that morning. He was delighted. I told him I had restarted low carb. He said if I could get 48 on low carb previously and a morning 4.6 there was no need to increase. He was delighted I was testing.
     
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  6. Tanis

    Tanis Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Every time i asked for strips on prescription at my surgery, i was told no (3 times) because they say it is not necessary on Metformin. I consider it necessary to my mental health! I NEED to know what is happening to my blood every day.
     
  7. Tanis

    Tanis Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Drs. are a law unto themselves, my neighbour gets all his equipment and strips from his surgery free (he is type 2), i get nothing. It depends on what your Dr. thinks. Thats not fair.
     
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  8. TonyHBS

    TonyHBS Type 2 · Member

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    I was told that it was not necessary for Type2 Diabetics to test their blood by our diabetic nurse. She excused this by saying it was not her but the Government that were against it as it did no good. She inferred that we were too stupid to understand the results. I have since persuaded my doctor that it was for my and the practice's benefit to supply me with test strips on repeat prescription.
     
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  9. MikeTurin

    MikeTurin Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately here in Italy it's not possible to get exemption for chronic illness ons strips if one is a Type 2 not using insulin, Sulfonylureas or Meglitinides.

    I suppose that our gouvernants are thinking we're too stupid, maybe because we elected them? ;-)

    Jokes aside if the problem with diabetes and other chronic illnesses is the lack of education and information, the answer is teach the patient, not to withdraw the strips.
     
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  10. EsoxLucius

    EsoxLucius Type 2 · Member

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    Oh, yes! The last diabetes nurse at my clinic told me that it was totally unnecessary for me to test at home. I went against this piece of "advice" because the clinic hadn't summoned me for my regular diabetic review at all this year. It turned out that this nurse had quit and the clinic hadn't got a replacement. Now, I've started buying my own test strips.
     
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    jonbvn Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I think the ones we get in the UK are the US variety. I am fine with all the other berries.
     
  12. airsair

    airsair Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I dont test often, but i do occasinally to see if i am doing alright. My husband is type 1 so he uses his stuff because my diabetic nurse says i dont need to test!!!!
    Crazy, surely thats like driving without looking at the soeedo
     
  13. wordangel

    wordangel Type 2 · Member

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    In US where testing is covered and assumed i was told after 9 months to test only once a week. Don't know if my doctor knows ... well leave it there...
     
  14. jasmine1616

    jasmine1616 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have never been told not to check my glucose. Honestly, I have been told to check it more, even though I already check it 5-7 times a day. Hope this helps.
     
  15. pleinster

    pleinster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR BLOOD SUGAR EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT REGULAR TESTING TO INFORM YOU AS TO WHAT FOODS WORK FOR YOU AND WHICH DON'T (unless you simply trust the general advice of diabetics - not the NHS splaff - and cut out all high carbohydrate foods from your diet). Once you have established a clear approach from the information you consider, then you can afford not to test so much. Knowing what works for you as an individual is the way to empower yourself and to take control.
     
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  16. lowedb

    lowedb Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have been told that when I come of the Gliclazide and am only taking Metformin that I won't need to test. I suspect strips will be withdrawn at this point, but lets wait and see. That came from the GP that I'm going to try to avoid seeing as another seemed better aware of newer thinking.
     
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  17. pleinster

    pleinster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Apparently the general (over-stretched and under-resourced) NHS response. Technically, a patient with high blood pressure doesn't need to test his own level at home, I do...if I don't I rely purely on what the reading is whenever it is taken by a nurse or carer. Someone on a diet doesn't technically need to weigh themselves regularly..but then they only know what they weigh at certain time and cannot fully comprehend the impact of a diet on an ongoing basis. The difference ? The NHS doesn't provide bathroom scales. People but their own. Do I think the NHS should provide self-testing meters for Type 2 diabetics? Yes...and my doctor did. Maybe the situation in Scotland is slightly better. I would suggest that you persist, arguing that it is the only way you can see for yourself if your diet/lifestyle is working day to day. Since having a meter, I have come off Gliclazide completely (no doubt a saving for the NHS). I was never on Metformin. I can only wish you luck. If you fail to persuade them - buy one.
     
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    DiamondAsh Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    When I was recently diagnosed with Type 2, I asked the nurse if I needed a monitor and she said it was not necessary! But I got one anyway and started testing.
     
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  19. Naturewalker

    Naturewalker Type 2 · Active Member

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    Well, I was diagnosed with type 2 back last march, as judged by a random blood test. My hba1c was at 87. I had the usual info on diet needs and what meds were required..... also good and sound info. As it turned out, by June, the metformin didnt seem to agree with me, so was put on gliclazide, 1 x 40mg tablet daily. I had another hba1c test in july...hba1c was down to 72. I enquired at this time about self testing.... and the response was that 'oh no, you neednt keep doing this..... we rely more on the 3monthly blood test...!' Well I had another blood test in aug (for an unrelated issue to type 2), and asked for the hba1c to be included. Saw the diabetic team....a different nurse this time... and from this, I was given my own test meter and strips. She seemed to be more switched on about patients keeping their own tabs on bg levels. That latest test revealed my level had gone down to 53. It is from the monitoring daily each morning that I am getting wise as to what foods to avoid buying / eating. Out are high carb/hi sugar things. Always now checking for low sugar or no added sugar items. Having the daily test does keep my mind at ease, knowing that I am not heading in the wrong direction. I now get the strips on prescription. In time I suppose I will be able to only need test every 2 or 3 days..... then weekly. In my mind, if the nurse says self testing is not needed.....buy your own meter to keep abreast daily of how well you are doing.
    I had another blood test last friday.... will keep this post updated when I find out my new 'score'....!
     
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  20. Llinz04

    Llinz04 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    I remember my friend who is type 1 telling me that when she went to see her doctor, he asked her why she tested at this certain point when she had a high. He told her, if you can tell that you're having a high why do you bother testing?
     
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