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Saving strips

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Pura Vida, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. Pura Vida

    Pura Vida Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    over the last year I have practiced in estimating my BG and have succeeded in being accurate with in. 5 points
    Anyone else tried this .?
     
    #1 Pura Vida, Feb 2, 2019 at 3:09 PM
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  2. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Five whole points? That is a big difference.
     
  3. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    5 points or .5?
     
  4. Rustytypin

    Rustytypin Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I often try the guessing game, and find I am within 0.5 mmol maybe 4 times out of 5. It is usually my FBG level I get wrong, when it is higher than expected, it's never lower!
     
  5. Pura Vida

    Pura Vida Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    that's correct
    I edited my post
     
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    Some time ago, I read about cutting test strips in half lengthways to get twice as much use out of them.
    I have never tried this and don’t remember how old the suggestion was and whether strips have changed over the years.
     
  7. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I will try that later on and report back.
     
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  8. Spl@

    [email protected] Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Wont work, the strip wont syphon the blood onto the track.

    There is 3 metal tracks in the strip and cutting it in half will cut one off. On the codefree anyway I pulled one to bits to see what was in it.
     
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    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    Its the ketostix that people cut in half lengthwise. :)
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I tried the CodeFree, didn't work.
     
  11. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I do this too, thought I was the only one. I started guessing before in the early days when I was testing a lot over the first 18 months. I have been using a meter for 8 years and don't take any medications which I think helps.

    I know what to eat and what a variety of foods do to my levels. I just have trouble staying focussed as I do eat quite a lot of carbs for a low carber.
     
  12. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    Someone told me you can gauge the bgl by the colour of the blood drop.

    I pay $1.20 for 100 strips so no need to cut them in half, that's if you can cut Abbot strips in half.
     
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