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Newly diagnosed with a tonne questions

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by A_snowww, Jun 23, 2022.

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  1. A_snowww

    A_snowww · Newbie

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    Hi,

    I am newly diagnosed with prediabetes, my HBa1c was 43.

    Also just found out I am B12 deficient (160 ng/l) currently being checked for antibodies for pernicious anemia, wondering if it could be related to my elevated AC1 or maybe just wishful thinking!

    I have read that it’s good to test my glucose levels before I eat and 2 hours after and I’m wondering if anyone can recommend a good monitor please?

    I’ve also been reading about natural therapies to reduce blood sugar levels and stumbled upon berberin, wondering if anyone has any experience of using it?

    thanks
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Master
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    Hi and welcome!

    Possibly: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3933917/

    There are a few popular meters used by type 2s on here. The cost of the strips is important as they’ll be what you spend most on so don’t be seduced by offers of free meters with expensive strips.

    The meter with the cheapest strips is the Gluco Navii.

    If you use this link and select the meter plus 5 packs of strips and then add the code dcuk (all lower case) at check-out, you’ll get the meter free.

    https://homehealth-uk.com/all-produ...ose-meter-test-strips-choose-mmol-l-or-mg-dl/

    Total for 5 packs + meter should be £31.76 - you can select free postage too. Their check out isn’t the most obvious so you need to look for the box and check the discount has been applied.

    There are also discount codes for when you come to buy more strips - "navii5" and "navii10" will give you 20% off purchases of 5 packs of strips and 25% off 10 packs of strips. Buying a pack of 10 boxes of strips using the discount code works out at £5.68.

    The SD Codefree from Home Health has similarly priced strips, but is rumoured to be being discontinued at some point.

    The Tee2+ from Spirit Healthcare also has relatively cheap strips, (although they have recently gone up in price): https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/products/copy-of-copy-of-tee2-blood-glucose-meter

    with the strips found here: https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/products/copy-of-tee2-test-strips

    I got a free Tee2+ by phoning up to order the meter and 10 boxes of strips and they threw the meter in for free. Phone number 0800 8815423.

    Also from Spirit Healthcare, with more expensive strips than the Tee2+ is their Caresens Dual. This can be used for testing ketones too (strips for that very expensive). https://shop.spirit-health.co.uk/collections/caresens-dual

    Don’t forget to check the box (or mention on the phone) to say you have diabetes so you can buy VAT free. (for all meters and strips)
     
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    A_snowww · Newbie

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    Thank you that was very helpful and I’ve ordered one with the code you posted :)
     
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