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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. AlfonsoJones

    AlfonsoJones · Member

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    I figure it’s a money thing. I said in another post it’s around £9 for 50 strips which works out to around £250/year if testing 4x/day. If you estimated that all diabetics in the UK were given money to test 2x/day it would cost the nhs 650million/year.
  2. DaisyDuke 2

    DaisyDuke 2 Type 2 · Active Member

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    I understand, but how much does it cost for an operation to amputate limes or a hospital stay for other complications.

    Meds to keep sugars under control. The NHS spends millions/billions on other meds for different conditions!
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  3. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    But after a few months of testing several times a day to see what certain foods do, then maintenence testing can come down to one strip a day with the occasional one or 2 when trying new foods. I only use about 40 per month, down from 210 a month when first diagnosed. The immediate feedback they give me is invaluable. I too am overdue for an hba1c, I could have been doing serious damage to myself in that time and wouldn't have known
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  4. Lowcarb 2

    Lowcarb 2 Type 1.5 · Well-Known Member

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    In 2018 after three HBNC1a tests over 9 months that within a good range i was told not to test anymore, I had.ran out of test strips and the nurse would not renew my prescription.
    3 months later I began to feel really unwell and felt is was to do with my levels with no way of testing i rang my surgery where the doctor said he would send a prescription to the chemist for me, I had to wait three days for the chemist to fill it for me by which time I was feeling really unwell. When I finally managed to test.my bloods the reading was in the mid 20's and after 24hr's of testing i went to GP who tested my urine and said I was in keoto sis I ended up in hospital for three days and when I was discharged i was asked if I wanted to be discharged but in to the care of my surgery or community diabetic nurse.
    I chose the community nurse and have never looked back
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  5. jjraak

    jjraak Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    late to this @AlfonsoJones

    sort of agree it IS a numbers game
    cost per year, most likely trumps cost per decade.

    as pointed out by one or two, doesn't that testing itself save money over time.

    with the expected rise in T2D, more and more WILL be on that slippery slope to more meds, more needs and more hospital appointments
    all i suspect at a higher cost overall.

    and this is if you don't include the benefits those of us with T2D have found from going low carb.
    which i'd suggest is THE most cost effective measure to reduce the impact of T2D to individuals
    (and how do we monitor what effect that has without a meter ? )
    GP Dr Unwin save fortunes at his surgery with Low carb treatment early doors.

    My asthma has improved dramatically, fewer meds, fewer surgery/hospital visits if it's similar for other asthmatics with T2D.
    i see other say their other ailments ease, arthritis was one. Less inflammation i suspect is helpful;

    add in the costs to society of sick days / meds / impairment / social care and hospital treatments all mount up.

    And that's not even considering the impact covid has with obesity and diabetes being some of the markers for increased risk.

    Not trying to argue, more like offering a differing viewpoint.

    you do make good sense, pretty sure it is the way the admins at surgeries etc think.
    but sensible in the long run.....naw.

    me ..?
    i take care of me as best i can
    so i test..

    Proof of that pudding is in my scores, led by my testing

    i firmly believe i save the NHS some money, time + bed space, by doing that
    One benefit is that others who need help more, have a better chance of getting it,
    without me clogging up the system

    and i personally get to live the best healthy life i can...:)

    each to their own.
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