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pre-diabetes, fasting blood sugars.

Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by catherinecherub, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    I think you are about to get an avalanche of replies saying, "Yes, do get a meter". It's also true that some people here don't do home testing, but I don't think they would actually advise against it, it's just their preference. I'm absolutely no expert, I only found out about my A1c test of 41 (officially one point away from pre-diabetes in the UK but already pre- in the US) in August. Since then I have been reading up about all this and the writers who impress me as the most sound (Jenny Ruhl and Dr Bernstein) have convinced me that the repeated tests that we can do at home before and after meals are in fact more useful than the A1c. In addition I have found my home tests very motivating to make efforts to lower my bg. I wouldn't want to wait a whole year to find out if I'm on the right track.

    Someone should be along soon to send you some info on meters. I like the TEE@ because it's free, but the Codefree has slightly cheaper strips. There is nothing to stop you getting a free TEE@ first (with 10 free strips, 10 free lancets and a lancet gun, all in a nifty case). That way you risk nothing, if you don't like testing after all you have paid nothing, and if you decide you'd prefer a Codefree you can still order that. BTW what is a GTT? All that springs to my mind is Gin and Tonic.

    Good luck!
     
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  2. Triciamcl

    Triciamcl Prediabetes · Member

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    GTT , Glucose Tolerance Test, my doc calls it but I think it's also called something else on here. Thanks for the quick reply .
     
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  3. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    You should have had lots of other repllies by now. I think your question has been buried at the end of this long thread. I suggest you post it again as a new thread somewhere.
     
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  4. Triciamcl

    Triciamcl Prediabetes · Member

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    Have already put it on two other places, the introductions and pre diabetic forums but no other replies except yourself x
     
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  5. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    Oh dear, I can't think what has gone wrong, this is very unusual. Anyway, I have sent a pm to Jaylee, one of the moderators currently online, so I hope she will be sorting some info for you. Meanwhile, assuming you are in the UK, here is a link you could use to acquire a free meter
    http://spirit-healthcare.co.uk/product/tee2-blood-glucose-meter/
    They actually have a 24 hour free telephone helpline where you get to talk to a human being straight away, or you can order online. Things arrive very fast.
     
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  6. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @Triciamcl ,

    I'm a big advocate of getting hold of your own meter..., Going to tag in @Bluetit1802 who knows more than a thing or two about affordable home BS testing in the absence of a GP issuing & prescribing meter & strips....
     
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  7. Triciamcl

    Triciamcl Prediabetes · Member

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    Thank you very much, I have received one reply now , they think my readings may be ok , perhaps normal,
    but I perhaps should have mentioned that these were fasting reads and I think this makes a difference ??
     
  8. ovadia

    ovadia · Newbie

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    Greetings
    4.7(86)this morning.:)
     
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  9. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum @ovadia !
     
  10. jwongcsp

    jwongcsp Prediabetes · Active Member

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    file:///Users/admin/Downloads/Blood%20Glucose%20Meter%20Accuracy%20Comparison%20(Chart).html

    Check out this article
     
  11. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Other · Well-Known Member

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    The link doesn't seem to work.
     
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  12. Arlmy

    Arlmy · Well-Known Member

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    Hi GTT means Glucose tolerance test
     
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  13. Arlmy

    Arlmy · Well-Known Member

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    I have not been testing by blood glucose yet

    I wonder if anyone has information on how to measure food portion size against body weight
    I weigh 60 kgs I am 162 cm in height
     
  14. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The UK NHS advice is that a food portion should be no bigger than the size of your fist.
     
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  15. PreDiet

    PreDiet Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    5.3 after long stretch not testing , feeling good
     
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  16. jwongcsp

    jwongcsp Prediabetes · Active Member

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    Our medical insurance doesn't pay for testing meters or supplies if we are "Pre-diabetic" . Only those with higher blood sugar levels are encouraged to test their own blood sugars. I only get tested 2 times a year. How nice the UK insurance provides meters & supplies?
     
  17. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The UK NHS only provides free meters and test strip prescriptions for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics if they are on insulin, or similar medication Most Type 2s and pre-diabetics have to fund their own kits if they want to test.
    And usually we only get tested once a year.
     
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  18. hill4332

    hill4332 Type 2 · Member

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    Our GPS in the UK provide me with a free meter and test strips and have done since I was diagnosisnosed as type two some 10 years ago . originally a meter and strips to test whilst on diet only but then through Metformin,glicazide,pioglitizone,Victosa, trulicity and now insulin .As it's more difficult to control at the moment they have altered my strips to unlimited supplies. This applies to all the to practices in south worcestershire
     
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  19. jwongcsp

    jwongcsp Prediabetes · Active Member

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    Thank you for your reply. It sounds like the same? What is NHS & GPS ? Government funded health insurance for all UK residence?
     
  20. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    NHS is national health service which is funded by tax and national insurance and GP's are general practice local doctors
     
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