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Telling off for self testing

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Atad heavy, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Rosie B

    Rosie B Type 2 · Member

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    Omw I'm absolutely astounded at the check of some DN. You are very very sensible to be testing yourself.
     
  2. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I hadn’t fasted for these tests as the review letter said that I would be having non fasting blood tests.
    That morning I had 2 mugs of green tea, 2 coffees with double cream. For breakfast I had full fat Greek yoghurt with flaxseed, almonds, walnuts & a little oat bran.
    It’s good to hear that LCHF does help my fatty liver
     
  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    In that case the Trig number will have been raised by breakfast so kind of makes any conclusions not relevant. That was the only number that looked a bit "out" so I wouldn't worry. Next time you are having a full liid panel then fast for 10-4 hours beforehand (water only) and you'll get more info.
     
  4. BaliRob

    BaliRob Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No dear member - YOU WERE DOING NOTHING WRONG - just unfortunately using a clinic where the Practice Leader (Doctor usually) wants to keep the bill down from his local pharmacy for test strips - I also was asked some thirteen years ago why was I testing myself by the head poncho - by a doctor with very little medical knowledge who was so motivated to earn extra money by selling his services to the local General Hospital it was disgusting - much of this goes on to this day.
     
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  5. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou for that, I wish you were my DN
     
  6. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    If as I do a person self tests and funds this out of their own pocket why on Earth do so many GPs get so peed of about it, is it because they feel that testing on a regular basis is to the benefit of their patients and so in not prescribing blood sugar monitors and strips they think they are not acting in their patients best interest and the only way they can salve their conscience is to tell themselves and their patients it is unnecessary to do so.

    A touch of cognitive dissonance maybe.
     
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  7. rosieP

    rosieP Other · Newbie

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    This post was started a long time ago, but I am just facing the same problem. I usually use a meter that I bought in the UK (Glucozen) but am now locked down in Spain. I ran out of strips for the usual meter so ordered some from Amazon for another meter (Accuchek), which I had from some time ago (but whose strips are double the price). Both say they are accurate, but when my daughter visited this week with replacements strips from the UK, I compared the two meters. The Accuchek Meter reads consistently 1-2 mmol/l higher than the other one, putting me back into the pre-diabetic range from the normal range of FBGs. Which meter should I believe??? Should I tighten up on my already pretty strict LVHF diet or not??
     
  8. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    All metes have a 10-15 plus or minus percent accuracy. Different meters will give slightly different results. Go back to your old meter when you can get strips.
     
  9. Nicole T

    Nicole T Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Colour me cynical, but I suspect Metformin works out cheaper than test strips.
     
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  10. Andydragon

    Andydragon Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    It is, significantly I'm sure. But it also does work for some, and is the initial treatment where diet doesn't work I believe

    It's also NICE guidelines to not give strips to type 2 except for specific reasons. We may not agree but It's what it is, what the NHS should or not pay for is a whole, and heated discussion!
     
  11. Crocodile

    Crocodile Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    These meters require periodic calibration with test solutions. I do this about every 3 months with my meter.
     
  12. Flora123

    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How do this? Never heard if it. Thanks
     
  13. Crocodile

    Crocodile Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I just purchase the test kit from the same place as i get my strips. The manual for my meter has instructions.
     
  14. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    1. Metformin is also better understood by drs whereas testing for type 2 and food tolerance isn’t.
    2. Metformin does work for some, and diet fails because they give either no, vague or downright misleading advice in far too many cases. See point 1.
     
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  15. Crocodile

    Crocodile Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A bit unfortunate that many don't quite understand that Metformin doesn't act as some sort of compensation for what you put in your mouth.
     
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    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean the test solution?
     
  17. Crocodile

    Crocodile Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There's a high one and a low one.
     
  18. Ushthetaff

    Ushthetaff Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That DN needs to find another job , your definitely doing the right thing .
     
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  19. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You can't calibrate the meter as they don't have any means of adjustment. The control solution is to check the test strips are within range.
     
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  20. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    Had a friend who thought just that, believed taking metformin meant she could eat what she wanted blood sugar level of 33 and a diabetic coma disabused of that belief.
     
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