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Type 1: How many times do you have to test your blood sugar

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Julia McCoulough, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was told to test twice a day
     
  2. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I never see mine only three times last year but I've got some one new and I have not seen her yet
     
  3. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was told to test twice a day
     
  4. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh my God how old is your daughter
     
  5. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Did you say 400 times a day
     
  6. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to know because everyone seems to test more than me
     
  7. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's humlin insulin
     
  8. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't you have a book to record your reading in from your hospital a diary
     
  9. himtoo

    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    would you drive a car without a speedometer ?
    well...........testing blood regularly throughout the day at relevant times gives us a much better idea of what our bodies are doing.

    less testing is less knowledge to act and control.
     
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  10. abigailsheree

    abigailsheree Type 1 · Active Member

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    I would like to do mine more but I'm only allowed 200 strips every 4 weeks and considering my sugars are all over the place I just have to risk and not test and hope my body tells me when I'm not level
     
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    CathP Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My daughter (age 5) has CGM but we still test between 8 and 15 times a day. You need to test to get good control.
     
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    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Where are you based? Ish - really just asking if you are under the NHS?
     
  13. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Are you going to sort out testing more?
     
  14. abigailsheree

    abigailsheree Type 1 · Active Member

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    I am based in Cambridgeshire and yes I'm under the NHS and I originally had only a couple of boxes and had to argue for more as they treated it like I have type 2 diabetes
     
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    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Nice guidelines provide for type 1 diabetics to be supported to test 4-10 times a day, or more of necessary.

    See ng 17, paragraph 1.6.11-12

    https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng17/chapter/1-Recommendations#blood-glucose-management-2

    I'm assuming it's your GP. Do you have a diabetic nurse? If not, you could find out the diabetic nurse details at your local hospital and call them for support - if you have a DSN, they will help you to get an appropriate prescription.

    If it were me, I'd be printing off the guidelines and asking the GP why they are contravening them.

    I think @noblehead has a letter that was sent to all GP warning them not to ration test strips to type 1s?
     
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    Type1Lad Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I test mine between 10-15x a day I wish i wasn't so paranoid about what my sugars are doing.
     
  17. abigailsheree

    abigailsheree Type 1 · Active Member

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    That's really interesting to know I will question them about that as I always have to think if there is enough to last and they also keep storing them in the fridge so will have to write a letter to them as calling is not getting anywhere does anyone else have this much hassle?
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    This is the letter that @catapillar mentions which was sent out to all gp practices back in 2013:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa.../Safe-care-of-people-with-type-1-diabetes.pdf
     
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  20. Julia McCoulough

    Julia McCoulough Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh you will be ok I felt funny the other month when it was very hot
     
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