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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. MarkE

    MarkE Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh, aye. None of us are likely to go blind or lose fingers/toes etc., after all...

    Frankly, if there is any truth in the statement that diabetes is "swamping" the NHS then self-testing would be a key method of ensuring effective use of whatever monies the political classes feel can be spared. Owt else is simply throwing away money in the name of "saving" it.
     
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  2. zand

    zand Type 2 · Expert

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    Very convenient editing of my post!

    I didn't say people shouldn't test! Diabetics already get free prescriptions if they take medication for diabetes. Asthmatics don't. The money isn't limitless. I would prefer good dietary advice to be given by the NHS - that would save sight, fingers toes etc! The mere act of testing won't do anything unless people know that the current NHS guidelines aren't good enough. As I said in my 2nd post, if I had been given the dietary advice I needed I may not have put on the visceral fat which led to diabetes. You and I are singing from the same hymn sheet - I'm just singing from an earlier page!
     
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  3. Minnie45

    Minnie45 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Test strips need to come down in price, the NHS is being screwed by the meter companies. In my area it's a 'tiered' system, T1s - unlimited according to individual needs and any meter the person prefers, T2s on insulin - standard choice of meter provided by GP, restricted strips but stilll provided, T2s not on insulin - no testing. OK I get the fact that testing can be a bit OCD, but most of us are trying to do the best we can to get/keep our diabetes in good control by medication but equally importantly diet and exercise and testing is an important tool.
     
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  4. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Equality and the best care for all .... :) that would be so good ...our health is previous ...good practice is what you are highlighting @anna29 so right
     
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  5. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Agreed on the price Minnie, if the SD Codefree can sell them so cheaply then why can't the likes of Roche et al.

    The pricing of test strips has to be one of the biggest rip-off's in recent times, just a shame that there's no pressure on these companies to reduce their prices.
     
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  6. Scandichic

    Scandichic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I would strongly advise that you get a meter and test before eating then an hour after and an hour after that. I would also do this for 1-2 months. You will then have an idea what you can and can't eat. Many of us struggle with bread, potatoes, rice and pasta. Some can manage certain types of bread or porridge. I can't. I only know this from testing. Ironically potatoes atent too bad but I don't really like them. Lol!
     
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  7. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    Yes I'm going to buy some testing strips asap x
     
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  8. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    A lot of my blood sugar readings are affected by my physical health as well and am on a load of other tsblets
     
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  9. akphoto

    akphoto Type 2 · Member

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    For several years after I was diagnosed with T2, I was prescribed strips and lancets and all went well in using them. Then suddenly i was told by my GP that it wasn't really necessary to test T2 diabetes and strips and lancets were no longer offered on prescription. However, I had a major shock a few months ago when I started feeling really unwell, having flu-like symptoms. My GP said that there was nothing organically wrong and just take paracetamol. I knew how I felt and went to a local branch of Lloyds' pharmacy where I knew they would check my BG level. It was 25+ and I was horrified. I went straight back to my GP and was immediately taken to hospital to be put on insulin. I'm now an insulin-dependent patient. So, do not listen to those who say you don't need to test for T2 - keep doing it (at your own expense) and you might avoid the situation I ended up in.
     
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  10. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    That is exactly what I'm going on about!! People could die over this!!
     
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  11. dannyw

    dannyw Type 1 · BANNED

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    Prescribing test strips to all diabetics would be a complete waste of money. 99% of diabetics don't join forums and the vast majority are not interested in adjusting their diet or lifestyle. How many people still smoke knowing the harm it causes ? Also, testing for the sake of if is pointless. How many people test their levels and don't track them or use the data to adjust food ? A blanket rule is pointless. I think ir should be done on a case by case basis. Convine your doc that you understand the importance of testing and prove it will make a difference. This should be for any diabetic, T1, T2 or any other. Education and good dietary advice should come before testing for it to work. Once you understand this, test strips are a necessary tool for better control. Handing a newly diagnosed diabetic a meter and strips with no guidance is ridiculous. Likewise, giving them to someone who's not prepared to make changes is pointkess.
     
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  12. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    I think most diabetics especially those on medication or insulin realise the importance of testing. I think it's ridiculous putting all in the same category. If ur diet controlled then I agree u don't need to test....but....If you are on tablets a lot of people end up on insulin in time anyway so therefore I think if you are on any medication for it then I think u should have the right to strips etc
     
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  13. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    Also I would like to add....why would people want to inflict pain on themselves by testing unnecessarily. So many things can affect your blood sugar levels....medication. illness...stress...and even exercise! !
     
  14. sanguine

    sanguine Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    Dannyw. ......why are u presuming all diabetics are fat!!!!! I'm finding your posts a little presumptuous
     
  16. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    Finger pricking!
     
  17. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    You are so wrong!

    People on insulin and certain other meds have to test to control their insulin requirements and before they drive. Agreed.

    People on diet only have to test to make sure their chosen diet is working for them, and if not, they have to adjust this diet to something more suitable They cannot do this successfully without testing before and after meals until they are 100% sure their meals are suitable. It is the only method they have, other than wait 6 or 12 months for a review HbA1c test, by which time it may be too late. Diet is crucial to control blood sugars. They do not have insulin or other meds to help them. How else do you suggest they control their levels?
     
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  18. bunkey

    bunkey Type 2 · Member

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    I should have said.....If you are diet controlled and have bn that way and stable for a long time then u don't need to carry on testing every day.....If you are newly diagnosed then that's different
     
  19. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Yes, you should have said that.
     
  20. Patricia21

    Patricia21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dont forget diabetes is a progressive disease,and to keep control you need to test.
     
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