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Telling off for self testing

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

  1. clarejenkins

    clarejenkins Type 2 · Active Member

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    I get fed up remenbering to ask for the figures I do my own HbA1c with Medichecks
     
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  2. Chauffeur_lady

    Chauffeur_lady Type 2 · Member

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    I had the same said to me about 5 years ago when I was first diagnosed. I wanted to test lots to see what foods were good & what were bad for me. I’m the type of person who likes to understand things and feel as though I have some control.

    They said I only needed to test about once a week and didn’t prescribe many testing strips so hadto buy my own. I am at a different surgery now and they seem happy to prescribe testing strips. I think testing works as it helps to keep a weak willed person like me on the straight and narrow
     
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  3. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m going full-medichecks myself from now on. I don’t have any faith in my GP surgery and can’t really be a**ed with the associated baggage. Much rather just pay for my blood work and be done with it :)
     
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  4. Stephen Lewis

    Stephen Lewis Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Providing test equipment is standard where I live in Canada and it is recommended to test 4 times a day. When I first saw my doctor (recently qualified in Ireland) after a specialist put me on insulin and required testing, he told me that the testing was a waste of time. After 12 months with 10 months of 4 times a day finger testing and 2 months of constant glucose monitoring (CGM) I have to agree that 4 times a day is a waste of time. CGM is the only way to go as this gives the information we need to control what we eat. I have high glucose spikes from some supposed low glycemic index foods. Unfortunately I can not afford $200 per month for the CGM at the moment. I will have to do finger pricking at least 10 times a day to get the needed information which will also cost about $200 per month. This is covered by my insurance and public health programmes and not the CGM!
    Keep up the testing with CGM if possible, follow a strict low carb diet and do lots of good exercising. This has been my MO and I stopped the insulin 2 months ago.
     
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  5. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    It isn't all diabetics. It is just those on insulin and drugs that act like insulin. The vast majority of us do not need to even notify the DVLA. All those on insulin or similar drugs are prescribed meters and strips. It is the rest of us that aren't.
     
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  6. stonesofgold

    stonesofgold Type 2 · Newbie

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    I have had type 2 for around 10 years and controlled by diet and tablets, I have always self tested and was supplied a meter. I got told today by the doctor that the new guide lines for those who are not on insulin, no longer need to self test.
     
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  7. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    I had similar xperience after my review last week. I was told as a T2 was not necessary to test especially as I have managed to keep my hba1c to 44 so was well controlled. I said I was well controlled because I do lower carb diet and testing helps me keep on track. Doctor said latest nhs advice was to only issue max of 100 test strips per year? I have put an order in with my chemist to purchase myself.
     
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  8. Jennyjustfeet

    Jennyjustfeet Type 2 · Member

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    I was told by a GP at an annual review that Testing was an expensive commodity and not to test. Result my diabetes went haywire and then had to see consultant and the final result is that I eT practically no carbs to control blood sugRs. Do not listen to her and keep testing. I recently bought myself the new libra system of scanning and so I can see what my bloods are doing but too expensive to use all the time.
     
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  9. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    100 / 365 = 0.27397260 strips per day, a lot of %$#@$% good that is. :meh:
     
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  10. shirleyannco

    shirleyannco Type 2 · Member

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    I had the same response when I showed my Libra sensor it was implied that as I was type 2 I was wasting my money I ignored that went low carb have never had medication and average 39 without the sensor I wouldn’t have a clue how I was doing
     
  11. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou so much for your kind words & good advice
     
  12. TerryinDorset

    TerryinDorset Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Atad heavy.
    I'm a retired SRN who was told 5 yrs later that I was Type 2. I was encouraged to test often & was given a monitor by the nurse. I decided to buy the testing strips. In order to reverse type 2 I decided to use the Newcastle Diet & was horrified to find that it was unkown to the surgery. I lost 3 stones & my BS dropped to 38. I used an Omron body monitor to record visceral fat loss which with the BS monitor helped me to persist in the management path I decided to take. I don't use medications.

    It is apparent that in the past few years fashions & advice have changed. I recount my experience merely to encourage you do those things that help you to be comfortable with coping with Type 2. My best wishes to you.
     
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  13. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It beggars belief that they should say self testing is not needed, if diabetes is a progressive disease surely monitoring is even more crucial to controlling it.
     
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  14. beatya

    beatya Type 2 · Member

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    ok here it is, the answer. blood glucose while interesting isnt hugely important, the fact that is goes down is due to insulin, we should be measuring insulin, but its not that easy unfortunately. your pancreas will keep pumping too hard to get enough insulin out and lower blood sugar, if u keep spiking insulin then you are wearing out the pancreas and maintaining your insulin resistance in the liver. keto type lifestyles done correctly and intermittent fasting if done for 3-6 months depending on severity should be enough for most type 2's to reverse diabetes and normalise their health.
     
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    Mistert Type 2 · Newbie

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    You need to download the “Patient Access” app.
     
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  16. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou I will have a look online
     
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    grabarry Type 2 · Member

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    I have to reluctantly agree, it is a waste of time testing yourself with a meter different meters will give different readings
    And you can adjust your diet to which meter reading you want, a meter only tests blood not plasma.
    Try a 8 hour fast once a week and see what the readings are but don’t take them too seriously.
     
  18. Tipetoo

    Tipetoo Type 2 · Expert

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    I do a eight hour fast every night, seven days a week...
     
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  19. xfieldok

    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry but I don't agree. Meters give us an indication of how our food is affecting us.

    Yes, they are not 100 per cent accurate, but they give a good indication. They are extremely effective for day to day control. If we could measure our insulin at will, that would be a bonus, but we can't.

    I used CodeFree along with the mySugr app and the comparison with the HbA1c results were acceptable. The Caresens meter consistently read slightly lower than the CodeFree. It's just a guide and extremely helpful for people starting out on this journey.
     
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  20. GrannyAnnie

    GrannyAnnie Type 2 · Active Member

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    I was told exactly the same as you over 6 years ago!! Thankfully we have a different DN at our surgery now. I still had to fight to get my strips though! I hope you haven't ended up with my old DN!!! Not called Sam by any chance is she??
     
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