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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Sheila L, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    That's why many T2's buy a meter and test strips. With that you can simply check if a particular meal gives you high numbers or not. Very useful!
     
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  2. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Dear Antje77

    Thank you so much for telling me about this. I didn't even know that there was such a thing I could buy. It sounds very useful indeed. I will explore that.

    Thanks
    Sheila
     
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  3. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    @JoKalsbeek , I know you're from the Netherlands as well, but I'm pretty sure you remember where to find the useful information about buying a meter and strips in the UK. I forgot who always shares it...
     
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  4. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. I am not from the Netherlands - always lived in England! However, I've looked on Amazon and they sell them.

    Thanks
    Sheila
     
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  5. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Ah, I 'tagged' JoKalsbeek, her name in red means she'll get an alert to have a look here. All glucose meters work pretty good, but there's a big difference in the cost of teststrips so I wanted her to find you some advise as to which meter to buy to save you some money :)
    She'll pop up on this thread for that!
     
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  6. Mike D

    Mike D Type 2 · Expert

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    Sheila

    Take your advice from here, not just some potentially outdated course. The gathered experts (and there's more than quite a few) will guide you. Lean meat? Nope. Fatty meat believe it or not.

    Stick around, you'll be stunned !!

    Mike :)
     
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  7. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks for explaining.
    Sheila
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks, Mike

    Sounds incredible that I can eat fatty meat! You live and learn...

    Sheila
     
  9. Mike D

    Mike D Type 2 · Expert

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    That's what the LCHF acronym stands for Sheila. Low Carb High Fat. It works
     
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  10. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    That'd be @Bluetit1802. i found one, hope it's up-to-date:
    There are two meters that have cheap strips and both are popular on this forum for self funding T2s.
    The Codefree and the Tee2. You can't normally buy these in pharmacies.

    Try here for the Codefree meter
    http://homehealth-uk.com/product-category/blood-glucose/blood-glucose-monitor/

    and here for the extra strips
    http://homehealth-uk.com/all-products/sd-codefree-test-strips-to-be-used-only-with-the-sd-monitor/

    There are discount codes if you buy in bulk. (applied at the check out stage)
    5 packs 264086
    10 packs 975833

    The Tee2+ is here
    http://spirit-healthcare.co.uk/product-category/shop/tee2/

    Don’t forget to check the box that you have diabetes so you can buy VAT free. (for either meter)
     
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  11. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    @JoKalsbeek gave you some information above. If I may explain. You only need one blood glucose meter but you need many thousands of test strips, so it is the test strips where the expense comes from. This is why we self funding Type 2s look for reasonably priced strips rather than cheap meters. Some manufacturers give away meters because they know they will recoup their money from selling the strips. Strips are not interchangeable between meters. If you browse round Amazon or the internet, make sure you check the cost of the strips before you buy the meter. They vary from about £8 for 50 to about £30 for 50, so a huge difference. As Jo said in her post above, the Codefree and the Tee2+ have the cheapest strips that we know of.
     
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  12. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much for your advice.

    It's obviously like buying printers. The printer is reasonably-priced and the ink cartridges cost a bomb. We've just had to replace our HP cartridges and were astounded to find that for the black ink & the 3 colour it cost just short of £100. The diabetic meters will use the same principle.

    Thanks very much.
    Sheila
     
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  13. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Contrary to cartridges though, there are no cheap off-brand alternative/compatible stips. Now there's an idea, haha!
     
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  14. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much, Jo for all this information. I'm sorry if my reply is late - I'm still trying to find my way round this App. I've only just spotted your reply.

    It is very kind of you to go to so much trouble. I appreciate the details and links which you've sent me. Thank you also for telling me that diabetes sufferers don't have to pay VAT. I certainly didn't know that!

    It's very strange that I've had an email today saying that the App is out of date and no longer works. It wanted me to log in via an intermediary. It's working fine on my Samsung phone (android) but I haven't tried it on my iPad (ios) yet. I'm wondering if it is a scam.

    With kind regards
    Sheila
     
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  15. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I can't tell you, as I don't know a lot about this whole internet thing and I have never used the app, as the forum works just fine on my browser. But I asked about this in the moderator team. One of us will get back to you, hopefully with an answer :)
     
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  16. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Sheila - If you are concerned about the email you received, and it appears to have originated from diaabetes.co.uk, it would be helpful if you could forward the email you recieved to forum@diabetes.co.uk, so it can be investigated.

    Diabetes.co.uk takes the safety and security of its members very seriously.
     
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  17. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good evening, Pavlos

    Thank you very much for replying and for your welcome to the forum.

    Firstly, I'm sorry if I'm late in answering your post. I'm still trying to get my head round how this App works and where any new messages are. I can't seem to work out which are new messages and which I've seen previously. I've only just by chance spotted your reply.

    I really appreciate all the advice and information you have given me. You have a wealth of knowledge and I find it very difficult to understand. It is very interesting to read everything about the way the body works. It is all very new and confusing for me.

    I must be doing something right because I have lost half a stone in weight. I'm not sure what that is in kilograms.

    With many thanks again and kind regards.

    Sheila
     
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  18. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much for your reply. I'm sorry if I'm late in answering your post. I'm still trying to work out how this App works. I've only just spotted your reply.

    It is very interesting to read everything about the way the body works and how it deals with different foods. It is all very confusing for me and difficult to understand.

    You have a wealth of knowledge and experience in understanding all this.

    I very much appreciate your reply and all your comments.

    Kind regards
    Sheila
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much for your reply.

    I appreciate you asking the moderator about the strange email I had saying the App was no longer working. It is certainly working on my phone.

    Kind regards
    Sheila
     
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  20. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I know a lot of people use the app but I don't like it. I find the website on the browser much easier to use, and you can see a lot more than you can on the app.
     
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